MONTGOMERY, AL (WTVM) - The Alabama Department of Transportation is urging drivers to slow down, pay attention, limit distractions and be aware of workers along roadways during National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 15-19, 2013.
This year's national theme is "We're All In This Together".
Alabama is also promoting a statewide "Safety Stand Down" to heighten awareness about driving safely in work zones. Federal and state agencies, road builders, contractors and local officials are joining in the effort by participating in the "Safety Stand Down" on Wednesday, April 17.
Preliminary 2012 data shows within the 2,182 crashes in highway work zones in Alabama, there were approximately 21 fatalities and over 690 injuries.
In recognition of this year's Work Zone Safety Awareness Week, Gov. Robert J. Bentley issued a proclamation marking Work Zone Awareness Week in Alabama. Additionally, the exterior of the ALDOT Central Office in Montgomery will reflect orange lighting and billboards will be displayed across the state promoting awareness of safe work zones.
National Work Zone Awareness Week was established Dec. 15, 1999.
ALDOT's mission is to provide a safe, efficient, environmentally and economically sound transportation network across Alabama. For further information, visit www.dot.state.al.us.