Most pedestrians walk familiar routes day in and day out -- between the subway station and the office, from the office to a favorite lunch spot, and so on. But this familiarity can cause problems for inattentive pedestrians when they find themselves with a construction work zone in their path. From 1987 through 1990 fully 17% of all work zone fatalities were pedestrians.
But we can avoid this needless tragedy by following some simple guidelines. It's important to know that work zone signs and markings are the best cues to safe travel for every pedestrian!
Work zones are potentially dangerous places because so much is happening. Construction vehicles and workers often move suddenly while performing their tasks -- it's up to the pedestrian to be alert and stay on the safe path through the work zone! This is why work zone traffic control devices are installed. These pavement markings and distinctive orange signs define the SAFE way to travel through the work area, both for drivers as well as pedestrians!
The Pedestrian's First Safety Rule In Work Zones
It's always safest to simply avoid the area. Crossing the street before getting to the work zone, or even going a block out of your way, can save you from getting muddy shoes -- or even a much worse fate!
If it's not practical to avoid the work zone, then the pedestrian must be attentive and careful. It's very important to obey ALL work zone signs, personnel, and pavement markings.
Work Zone Safety Tips for Every Pedestrian to Remember
Safety Cues to Watch For in Work Zones
Publication No. FHWA-SA-92-040