Elements of the Safety Plan
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Goal 19 - Designing Safer Work Zones
Highway work zones create a major safety concern for motorists and workers alike. Over the past five years, it is estimated that an average of 760 fatalities occurred annually at such sites nationwide. Data indicates that work zone fatalities occur in every functional highway classification. Work zone situations require increased attention because motorists are often faced with special situations and required to take special care. Reliable, accurate work zone crash data are not presently available due to the lack of uniform reporting procedures. Standard work zone definitions need to be established to facilitate uniform reporting of work zone crashes.