COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

PRINS. MEMO NO. 07

March 20, 2007

ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE/SECONDARY

TO:

Principals

 

FROM:

Linda M. Wallinger

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 2 6, 2007

 

The National Work Zone Awareness Week was created to reduce the number of crashes, injuries, and deaths in work zones by bringing public attention to the safety issues that affect road crews and motorists, especially young, inexperienced drivers.

 

The Virginia Department of Transportation has prepared the following safety messages to use during National Work Zone Awareness Week in the hopes young drivers in Virginia will drive more safely through work zones. Please consider reading the following messages during your daily announcements.

 

Monday:

Today starts National Work Zone Awareness Week. Todays work zone safety tip is: ORANGE & BLACK signs warn drivers there is a work zone ahead. When you see an orange sign, give your full attention to the road conditions ahead. This is not the time to change the radio station or be distracted. Observe the signs and stay safe!

 

Tuesday:

This week is National Work Zone Awareness Week. Todays safety tip is to slow down to allow more time to react and safely manage risks in work zones. Speeding in a work zone could cost you up to $500, result in jail time and/or a reckless driving ticket. Be responsible, slow down and stay safe!

 

Wednesday:

This week is National Work Zone Awareness Week. For todays safety tip we ask you to be patient when you drive through a work zone. Highway workers and construction signs will help guide you through the area safely. Watch for and follow the special signs, pavement markings, barrels and cones. All of these will guide you through the work zone safely. Each work zone is different. Pay attention and stay safe!

 

Thursday:

This week is National Work Zone Awareness Week. Todays safety tip is to leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the vehicles around you. Be alert, traffic often stops unexpectedly in work zones. Following too closely is one of the leading causes of work zone crashes. Give yourself plenty of space and stay safe!

 

Friday:

Today is the last school day of National Work Zone Awareness Week. Today's safety reminder is that driving a vehicle is a big responsibility. Unsafe driving in a work zone can lead to traffic fines, crashes, higher insurance costs, or even death or injury. Drive responsibly and stay safe!

 

For more information, please contact Lauren Hansen, public affairs statewide work zone awareness coordinator, by e-mail at Lauren.Hansen@VDOT.Virginia.gov, or by telephone at (757) 925-2583; or Vanessa Wigand, principal specialist, health, physical education, and driver education, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, or by e-mail at Vanessa.Wigand@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at (804) 225-3300.

 

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