Give 'Em A Brake During National Work Zone Awareness Week

The green of spring means the orange of construction season is upon us!  

In 2012, there were 1,742 accidents, eight people killed, and 608 people injured in work zones in the State of Kansas. According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, the top five contributing circumstances for these incidents were following too closely, inattention, driving too fast for conditions, right of way violations, and improper lane changes.

Work zone safety is important for drivers and workers alike. In celebration of National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 7-11, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials reminds drivers to slow down, read road signs, and avoid distractions, as seen in this public service announcement.

Olathe and surrounding areas are currently undergoing significant road improvement projects, including several Street Preservation projects and the Johnson County Gateway Project to begin construction this spring. Drivers are reminded to slow down and “Give ‘Em a Brake!” For weekly road and lane closures, visit OlatheKS.org/PublicWorks/Alerts or KSDOT.org/LaneClose.asp.