National Work Zone Awareness Week April 17-21

Published by The Bee News

April 17, 2023

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KINGMAN, Ariz. – The City of Kingman kicked off National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) on April 17th with a proclamation presentation to members of the public works staff, by Mayor Ken Watkins. In its 23rd year, this national public awareness campaign spreads the message that we are all responsible for work zone safety. This year’s NWZAW is April 17-21 with the theme of “You play a role in work zone safety. Work with us.”

Kingman City Manager Ron Foggin said, “This campaign is a critical reminder to all drivers of the importance of paying extra attention as they approach and drive through work zones, so that both the people working and those driving remain safe.”

National “Go Orange Day,” designated to help raise work zone safety awareness, celebrates its seventh year on Wednesday, April 19, 2023. The event has become a staple of NWZAW and is a time for individuals and organizations across the country to express their support for work zone safety by wearing orange. In an effort to stop work zone crashes, this nationwide effort was first introduced by the FHWA as a new component of NWZAW in 2016. ATSSA has since organized and sponsored a social media campaign as part of its contribution to the effort. In 2016 about 100 organizations, including ATSSA members, from across the country posted images of various Go Orange Day efforts. ATSSA’s 2018 campaign demonstrated a global reach, with organizations from across the United States mentioning @ATSSAHQ on Twitter or @ATSSATraffic on Facebook and using #Orange4Safety in their social media posts and interactions.

Statistics from the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse show there were 774 fatal crashes in work zones resulting in 857 deaths in 2020. In addition, 156 roadway workers were killed in work zones in 2020. The vast majority of people killed were motorists, passengers and pedestrians. Those statistics demonstrate the importance of work zone safety and participating in NWZAW to spread the message that everyone plays a role in work zone safety. It is critical for motorists to safely navigate through work zones, so they and roadway workers make it safely home to their families each day.

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About Kingman –

Founded in 1882 and incorporated in 1952, Kingman is the county seat of Mohave County located in northwest Arizona along Interstate 40, U.S. 93, and the historically famous Route 66. The city’s population is 28,068, and approximately 60,000 including neighboring communities. Kingman is a general law city that operates under a council/city manager form of government with a mayor and six councilmembers elected at large. City government provides a wide range of municipal services that include administration, development services, engineering, public works, parks and recreation, water, sewer and sanitation services, and fire and police.

About NWZAW –

NWZAW was formed by ATSSA, AASHTO and FHWA. The partnership has expanded to include the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA), D.C. Department of Transportation (D-DOT), Associated General Contractors (AGC) and American Road & Transportation Builders (ARTBA), plus support from many individuals and organizations touched by work zone safety.

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