With summer construction season quickly approaching, Crawford County Road Commission has paired up with road agencies nationwide to promote National Work Zone Awareness and focus on speed reduction in these areas.
Speeding in work zones have a very high cost. when drivers travel at higher speeds, they can arrive at work zones too quickly and become unable to stop. This can result in fines, jail time and even death. Just slowing down to posted speeds can save money, time or a life.
Each year, more than 85% of work zone fatalities involve motorists and their passengers and the remainder affects workers and other pedestrians or bicyclists. In 2011, speeding was involved in 36% of fatal work zone crashes. A car's speed is controlled by its driver. Each motorists plays an important role in his or her own safety and the safety of others in the work zone.
When work zone signs are present, remember to pay particular attention to decreased speed limits and do not tailgate motorists. Thirty percent of work zone accidents are rear-end collisions and taking even the simplest precautions can create a safer driving environment.
Stay safe in work zones with three simple tips:
1. Obey posted speed limits, even when workers are not present - this makes it easier to stop when
approaching lane closures or shifts
2. Stay alert and avoid checking cell phones or changing the radio when driving through a work zone
3. Be patient and stay calm, especially if encountering traffic backups. Remember the work zone crew
members are not there to create problems, but to resolve them for future commutes.
The National Work Zone Awareness Week campaign began in 2000 as an initiative of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) and the Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (ASHTO) to build public awareness of work zone safety.
Please slow down in work zones for your family and for ours.
The 558 square miles of Crawford County, located in the heart of Northern Michigan, are divided into six townships for which the Crawford County Road Commission is responsible for constructing and maintaining approximately 179.94 miles of Primary Roads, 526.20 miles of Local Roads, and 206 miles of State Highway.
The Road Commission is Responsible for summer and winter maintenance, roadside brush control of all primary and local roads, construction and road improvement projects of Primary Roads and Winter and Summer maintenance of State Trunk-lines. Construction and road improvement projects of Local Roads is contracted through us by township according to the Local Road Cost Sharing Agreement.
The Road Commission prides itself on maintaining all Crawford County Roads that is reasonably safe and convenient for public travel, maximizing every dollar available for maintenance and construction. Any questions not answered on our website may be addressed to our staff.
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Closed from 11:30 to 12:00 for lunch.
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