Work Zone Safety

What is a work zone?

Construction sign

A work zone is an area of a roadway with construction, maintenance, utility work, or incident management activities. A work zone is typically marked by signs, cones, drums, barriers, pavement markings, and/or work vehicles. It extends from the first warning sign to the End Road Work sign. Speed limits are often reduced in work zones to accomodate lane shifts and protect workers.

Below are some safety tips to live by when driving through a work zone.

  • Stay Alert! Dedicate your full attention to the roadway.
  • Pay Close Attention! Signs and work zone flaggers save lives.
  • Turn on Your Headlights! Workers and other motorists must see you.
  • Don’t Tailgate! Rear end collisions are the most common crash in a work zone.
  • Don’t Speed! Note the posted speed limit in and around the work zone.
  • Keep Up with the Traffic Flow!
  • Don’t Change Lanes!
  • Minimize Distractions! Avoid changing radio stations and using mobile phones while driving in the work zone.
  • Expect the Unexpected! Keep an eye out for workers and their equipment.
  • Be patient! Remember the work zone crew members are working to improve your future ride.

For additional New Jersey Work Zone information visit the website.