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Drivers, workers reminded to be alert and careful in work zones

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The City of Bellingham is "going orange" to draw attention to work zone safety, during National Work Zone Awareness Week April 7-11, 2014.

With spring weather, the construction season begins in earnest. Orange signs, vests and cones return along Bellingham streets as well as state highways. "Drivers need to be alert and careful through work zones," said Ted Carlson, Public Works Director. "Road workers are doing their part to build and improve the streets we all depend on, so let's keep them safe by obeying posted speed limits and putting cell phones away."

Each year in April, National Work Zone Awareness Week brings national attention to motorist and worker safety in work zones. National Work Zone Awareness Week, now in its second decade, provides an opportunity for the highway industry to remind its employees and the public about safety in work zones.

More than four of every five victims in a work zone crash are motorists, which is why it is particularly important for drivers to remain alert while driving through work zones. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has taken steps in the past several years to improve work zone design, increase training, strengthen law enforcement near work zones and heighten awareness among drivers, which have helped reduce the number of work zone fatalities to record lows.

Bellingham has seen no reportable collisions involving a work zone. To keep it that way, we remind motorists to slow down in work zones and keep everyone safe. City employees, as well as the general public, are encouraged to wear orange on Wednesday, April 9, and remember to slow down in work zones.

Washington State and the City of Bellingham encourage everyone to slow down in a work zone to keep everyone safe.

Published:  April 7 2014

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