Work zone awareness week kicks off 2015 campaign

National Work Zone Awareness Week 2015 kicks off today with the theme of "Expect the Unexpected."
National Work Zone Awareness Week 2015 kicks off today with the theme of "Expect the Unexpected."

Youngstown, Ohio (WKBN)- Monday is the kick-off for  National Work Zone Awareness Week. The theme of 2015 is “Expect the Unexpected.”

National Work Zone Awareness Week is something that takes place every spring to encourage safe driving through highway work zones and construction sites.

The goal every year is to prevent crashes, injuries and deaths related to work zones.

“Expect the unexpected,” is a theme that was also used in 2000 to show drivers the importance of staying alert and using extra caution when traveling through a construction area.

In Pennsylvania, statistics from Penn-Dot show that 24 people were killed in work zone crashes in 2014. In 2013, 579 people died across the country in work zone related accidents. 20 alone in Ohio.

In Pennsylvania, Penn-DOT announced its #Slow4Zone social media campaign, which spotlights workers and highlights why it’s important to pay attention and slow down in work zones. For more information click here.

In Ohio there’s the Move Over Law which requires drivers to move over one lane or slow down if changing lanes isn’t possible when passing any vehicle with flashing lights on the side of the road. This helps to protect not just road workers but everyone who travels.

For more on national work zone safety, click here.

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