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Roadside Chat - Work zone orange is always in season

09/02/2022

9-2 work zone orangeYou’ve likely heard the adage that Iowa has two seasons, winter and construction. Iowa has nearly 115,000 miles of roads and 24,325 bridges across the state that need maintenance and care to get you where you need to go safely and efficiently.

Each day there are hundreds of active work zones, where our family members, friends, and neighbors are hard at work to improve these roads and bridges. They are trained to work in the safest way possible, but are still vulnerable to the dangers of working next to moving traffic. There are a few things you can do to make sure every one of these dedicated workers makes it home at the end of each shift.

 

1. Move over if there are multiple lanes or slow down to pass safely by the work zone.

2. Pay attention to the task of driving. Put your phone down.

3. Drive sober.

Here’s a refresher on Iowa’s “Move Over” law -  https://iowadot.gov/rules

 In Iowa in 2022, there have been 220 deaths in traffic crashes. That’s an increase of seven since last Friday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at https://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf


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