Work zone safety awareness week honors lives lost

| 4/10/2002

Those who have lost their lives in work-zone related vehicle crashes were honored Tuesday as part of the Federal Highway Administration's third annual National Work Zone Awareness Week from April 8 to 12. The focus of the national safety campaign is to increase driver awareness in work zones, thereby improving safety for both travelers and highway workers.

On Tuesday, at a work zone site located at the Interstate 95/I-495 Interchange at Ritchie Marlboro Road in Prince George's County, MD, a memorial wall in honor of those who have lost their lives in work zones was unveiled. The agency said that despite continued efforts to create safe and mobile work zones, statistics from recent years indicate an increasing number of work-zone related vehicle crashes across the nation. In 2000, there were an estimated 1093 fatalities in work zones.