Organizers of this year's National Work Zone Awareness Week announced Thursday it now has a theme for the event.
This year's theme for the annual event is "Roadway Work Zone Safety: We're All in This Together.'' That theme was chosen specifically to show that safety in roadway work zones depends on everyone who uses those roads, including motorists, emergency responders, law enforcement, bicyclists and pedestrians in addition to roadway workers. In order to keep everyone safe in these areas, all users must work together in practicing safe behaviors.
National Work Zone Safety Week was first held in 1999 as a partnership between the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the Federal Highway Administration and the American Traffic and Safety Services Association. The event now boasts participation from several organizations and state transportation departments across the country. The goal is to bring awareness to the dangers of roadway work zones and educate the public on how to keep themselves and others safe in those zones.
The event is scheduled for the week of April 15-19 with a kick off ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, April 16.