SCDOT Supports 2007 National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week April 2 to April 6
Contact: Terecia Wilson, Director of Safety, SCDOT
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) joins the
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the American Association of State
Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and the American Traffic
Safety Services Association (ATSSA) in observing National Work Zone
Safety Awareness Week, April 2 – 6, 2007.
This year’s theme, “Signs of Change,” focuses on how today’s work zone
points to tomorrow’s improved roadways for smoother rides, better
traffic flow and safer travel in the future.
“SCDOT urges motorists to drive with caution through work zones and to
always be alert of the signs indicating change,” SCDOT Acting Executive
Director Tony L. Chapman said. “Day and night, our employees and
contractors are working to improve South Carolina’s transportation
system. Please allow them to do their jobs safely so they can go home to
their families at the end of the day.”
SCDOT is coordinating work zone speed enforcement assistance from local
law enforcement agencies and the SC Department of Public Safety (SCDPS).
Under a contract that SCDOT signed last year with SCDPS, 24 troopers
from the Highway Patrol are working fulltime on work zone and high speed
enforcement. Called the “Safety Improvement Team” (SIT), these
troopers have issued 34,776 citations since they began operations in
June 2006. These include 3,701 citations for speeding 1- 10 mph over
the limit; 10,136 citations for over 10 mph; 53 citations for failure to
yield the right of way; 25 DUI arrests; 6,976 safety belt citations;
268 child restraint violations; and 13,527 other violations.
“We are working with the Department of Transportation to make our roads
safer, not only for the motorists who travel in our state, but also for
those who build and repair our roads,” said SCDPS Director James K.
Schweitzer. “We will continue to seek different ways to attack the
problems on our roads and highways.”
National Work Zone Awareness Week is a national campaign that helps
increase public awareness of work zone safety. It also brings to the
attention of the motoring public and the media the fact that nearly
1,100 men, women and children are killed senselessly in work zones each
year across the United States.
“Motorists traveling through work zones, especially at night, need to be
ready for the unexpected,” SCDOT Safety Director Terecia Wilson said.
“Traffic lanes may be shifted in work zones, so it’s important for
motorists to pay attention to signs and road crew flaggers.”
During the past five years, the leading cause of work zone crashes was
“driving too fast for conditions.” The leading cause of fatal work zone
crashes was DUI.
The Acting Executive Director of SCDOT is Tony L. Chapman. The SCDOT
Commission includes Chairman Tee Hooper of Greenville; Joe Young, 1st
Congressional District; Henry H. Taylor, 2nd Congressional District;
Marion P. Carnell, 3rd Congressional District; F. Hugh Atkins, 4th
Congressional District; Bobby T. Jones, 5th Congressional District; and
Marvin Stevenson, 6th Congressional District.