On March 17, 2021, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued a proclamation recognizing April 26-30, 2021, as National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW). View the proclamation.
In the proclamation, Evers noted that, in 2020, Wisconsin recorded more than 1,800 work zone crashes, resulting in 665 injuries and 17 fatalities. The proclamation goes on to state that, “road workers, like all workers, have the right to a safe work environment, and all drivers have the obligation to exercise extra caution when traveling through work zones.”
NWZAW is in its 21st year and was launched as a public awareness campaign to help everyone understand the role they play in keeping motorists and roadway workers safe. This year’s theme is “Drive Safe. Work Safe. Save Lives.”
“With construction season upon us, we are asking residents to please slow down, pay attention, and drive safely through our construction zones,” says Walworth County Director of Public Works Richard Hough.
As part of NWZAW, everyone is encouraged to participate in Go Orange Day on April 28, a day when individuals are encouraged to wear orange as a visual reminder of work zones. Post photos of Go Orange Day activities on social media using the hashtags #NWZAW and #GoOrange4Safety.
To learn more about NWZAW, visit the National Work Zone Awareness Week website.. State departments of transportation, federal agencies and other organizations will be participating in NWZAW and Go Orange Day, distributing public service announcements about work zone safety and hosting events to highlight the issue.
Walworth County Public Works strives to enhance the quality of life, health, and safety of all citizens by being accountable and responsible for maintaining Walworth County’s infrastructure. Learn more at Walworth County Public Works.