April 12, 2022
“Go Orange” for Work Zone Awareness April 13
JACKSON, MISS.---As part of Work Zone Awareness Week, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is encouraging everyone to participate in Go Orange Day on Wednesday, April 13, by wearing orange apparel.
In recent years, work zone related crashes have continued to trend in the wrong direction. In 2020, 774 fatal crashes in work zones occurred nationally, resulting in 857 total work zone fatalities. Five of those were in Mississippi. Work zone safety awareness is not only designed for the safety of roadside workers, but also drivers themselves: approximately 85 percent of all work zone related fatalities were the driver or passenger.
Please join us as we wear orange on Wednesday, April 13, to show our support for the men and women who work tirelessly to keep Mississippi’s roads safe. Take a photo of yourself wearing orange to show your commitment to work zone safety. We would appreciate if you tag @MississippiDOT and post it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #NWZAW and #DriveLikeYouWorkHere.
The traveling public plays a major role in protecting our roadside workers. With springtime underway and cell phone use continuing to rise, it is as important now as ever. Please remind the traveling public to slow down, put the phone away, pay attention to advanced warning signs and be alert for roadside crews throughout Mississippi.
For more information on Work Zone Awareness Week, CLICK HERE.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is responsible for providing a safe intermodal transportation network that is planned, designed, constructed and maintained in an effective, cost-efficient and environmentally sensitive manner. MDOT’s objective is to maximize taxpayer’s dollars by providing a safe, efficient multimodal network that enhances economic stability and growth. For more information, visit GoMDOT.com.