Oregon Highlights Work Zone Safety MonthAbstract:
May is Work Zone Safety Month in Oregon and the Oregon Department of Transportation (DOT) is launching a public awareness campaign to highlight it. Oregon experienced an average of 331 work zone crashes involving injuries each year between 2014 and 2018. Distracted driving causes the majority of those work zone crashes, followed by speeding and driving too fast for conditions. To reduce highway worker fatalities and injuries in work zones, the Oregon DOT began deploying automated flagging assistance devices last year. The roads may seem empty as traffic volumes are way down due to the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, but the highway construction industry in Oregon is continuing to work on badly needed projects. Associated General Contractors Oregon-Columbia Chapter is calling for drivers on Oregon’s roads and highways to follow the speed limit and protect highway workers.