News release: April 26, 2021
Slow down and stay focused to save lives for National Work Zone Awareness Week
Brampton, ON. (April 26, 2021) – Speeding and distracted driving account for most work zone collisions, with fatal collisions happening more often May through September. National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 26 - 30, aims to reduce collisions and save lives by highlighting the need for everyone travelling through work zones to stay alert and specifically reminds drivers to slow down and stay focused.
Work zones are any areas where construction is taking place on the road. This work can impact speed limits, number of lanes, sidewalks, bike lanes, turning ability and visibility within the zone.
The following tips can help keep everyone safe in work zones:
- Be aware – Be aware of all signage throughout work zones as they provide important information that warns road users of approaching road conditions and disruptions.
- 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.
- Be flexible – Avoid work zones wherever possible and consider taking alternative routes.
- Protect workers – Slow down as you approach workers, give them room to work and be prepared to stop.
During the current COVID-19 pandemic, essential construction activities such as water, wastewater and road infrastructure projects continue as outlined by the government of Ontario’s pandemic guidelines
Work zone safety is a shared responsibility. For more information on work zone safety in Peel, visit peelregion.ca/construction/work-zone-safety
Every day in our community, people are working on or near roads and are relying on all road users to be cautious and alert. Whether you’re a pedestrian, cyclist, or driver, please remember that work zones require extra caution to help protect road workers and keep everyone safe.
Terry Ricketts, Director of Transportation.
Region of Peel
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