Message Monday - Shift happens - especially in work zones

6-25 message mondayYou’re headed down the road at a comfortable cruising speed when you see a “ROAD WORK AHEAD” sign. What do you do? What are drivers around you doing? Are all the cars shifting to another lane? What are the workers you’re about to encounter doing?

The best advice when coming up on a work zone is to expect the unexpected and follow these simple guidelines.

Pay attention. The most common crash in a highway work zone is the rear-end collision. Put down the phone and minimize any other distractions. Leave two seconds of braking distance between you and the car in front of you. The faster you drive the more space you need to leave between vehicles so you can stop in time if something happens ahead of you.

Slow down. A car traveling 60 mph travels 88 feet per second. When you’re going 60 mph and pass a sign that reads “Road Work 500 feet,” you’ll be in that work zone in about 5 seconds.

Buckle up. If you do end up in a crash, your chance of surviving that crash with only property damage or minor injuries increases significantly if you’re not being thrown around inside the car or worse yet, ejected from the vehicle. 

Would will it take to teach you this lesson?

For 2018, there have been 130 fatalities reported. That’s an increase of six since last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

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