National Work Zone Awareness Week


National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is an annual spring campaign in the United States at the start of the construction season to encourage safe driving through work zones. This year, NWZAW will be held April 15 – 19, 2024.

As the leading traffic control company in the eastern United States, Flagger Force has supported this important awareness campaign for over a decade alongside our departments of transportation, clients, and industry partners. Flagger Force and our employees encourage motorists to “Stay Alert. Stay Alive.” by slowing down, avoiding driver distractions, and obeying all signs in work zones. Our workforce has seen it all while in active work zones—eating, texting, and watching videos while driving. These are not safe driving practices and could cause potential harm to drivers, other community members, and those who work in the construction area. Everyone wants to arrive home safely each day, so let’s work together to reduce incidents in work zones.

Staying Safe & Counteracting Distracted Drivers

With so many of our crews on the road every day, we see more than our share of distracted drivers. This not only puts the driver and other motorists at risks, but our crews and clients too. In order to keep ourselves safe, we must prepare to react quickly to get out of harm’s way. We do this by setting a line of action, having an escape route, and using clear communication. So, if an errant vehicle doesn’t slow down and stop at our paddle, we can get out of dodge fast and warn our team to be aware and stay safe. Watch this short video on how we prepare and utilize this training.

To learn more about distracted driving, check out our blog!

Flagger Force Works to Shape the Perception of Traffic Control

Keeping our communities moving is what we do. And it’s our goal to help shape the perception of traffic control among them. When motorists travel through a work zone, they see the inconvenience and just a stop/slow paddle. But our traffic control professionals, commonly known as flaggers, are the folks behind those paddles—the stewards of our communities who play an important role in keeping you safe, in all weather conditions.

They are more than just a stop/slow paddle, more than a uniform. They’re people with different personalities and backgrounds. People who want to come home safe after a long day’s work, just like you. People with families who depend on them, who are the life of the party, and who are working toward something bigger than themselves.

We sat down with a few of our more tenured field employees to learn more about them, why they do this job, and who it is they come home to at the end of the day. Find out what they want you to know by watching the videos in the link below.

Video Series

Stay Alert. Stay Alive.™

We understand work zones are frustrating for communities, but they are an important sign of improvements happening with our nation’s infrastructure. Flagger Force has been partnering with our department of transportation, client, and industry partners to raise awareness around why construction is important and the dangers of distracted driving for almost a decade. Our goal is to help build partnerships between our industry leaders and community members to decrease work zone accidents.

Check out the slide show to the left of how we have worked to educate our communities.

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