News Release: April 9, 2019
It’s National Work Zone Awareness Week – Slow Down and Stay Alert
Brampton, ON. (Apr. 8, 2019) – National Work Zone Awareness Week runs from April 8-12. It’s an annual campaign that brings attention to work zone safety and highlights what all road users can do to ensure everyone’s safety while travelling through these areas.
The Region of Peel is committed to protecting crews that work on our roadways by providing safe working conditions as outlined in the Occupational Health and Safety Act and by increasing awareness and promoting best practices for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.
“Spring clean-up and road work is underway across Peel as crews transition from winter road maintenance to seasonal road operations and construction,” says Gary Kocialek, Director of Transportation at the Region of Peel. “Work zone safety is a priority – by promoting National Work Zone Awareness Week, we help empower all road users to make safer choices and highlight the importance of navigating safely through work zones so that we all get home safely each day.”
Work zones include areas where road construction, maintenance or utility activities takes place. By following the tips listed below, all road users can stay safe and help protect crews working in these areas:
- Plan ahead – Before setting out on the road, research your route to avoid work zones where possible and use any detours that are available.
- Stay focused – Keep your eyes on the road and avoid all distractions such as cellphones and eating.
- Slow down and keep your distance – Lane closures, reduced speeds and traffic pattern shifts are common in work zones. Be alert and expect the unexpected.
- Obey all signs – Be aware of all signage throughout work zones as they provide important information that warns drivers of approaching road conditions and disruptions.
- Protect workers – Slow down as you approach workers, give them room to work and be prepared to stop.
For more information about National Work Zone Awareness Week, please visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety website.
The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for more than 1.4 million people and 173,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. Recognized as a leader in management and service delivery, the Region of Peel is the only government organization at any level to receive Excellence Canada's Platinum Award for Excellence, Innovation and Wellness®. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel.
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