National Work Zone Awareness Week tries to make roads safer for road workers.

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MARIETTA, Ohio. (WTAP) - Working on our roads can be a dangerous thing, and this week attempts to shine a light on safety for those on the roads.

This week marks the 20th Annual National Work Zone Awareness Week which brings attention to not only sharing roads but helping to create a safer work environment for road crews.

Talking to ODOT workers who were out on Monday afternoon, they talked about what goes through their minds while they are out on the streets,

Roger Damron a highway technician with the Ohio Department of Transportation, said, “We think about each other, I mean we watch each other’s backs as much as possible and you know at the end of the day we just want to go home.”

The hope for the workers is that the week will help remind motorists to drive cautiously around work zones.

“I think it is a great idea, I mean I don’t think enough people realize that we all have families also that we want to go back to so I think it is great.”
Speed is the top factor for crashes in work areas contributing to 29 percent of fatal accidents in 2017.

Just by reducing speeds and increasing follow distances drivers can make conditions much safer.

"We need people to pay attention, use common sense and slow down in work zones,” said ODOT District 10 spokeswoman Ashley Rittenhouse.

With a reduction in fatal accidents since 2015 in Ohio, the hope is that accidents continue as more people are made aware of the need to drive with extra caution in work zones.