National Work Zone Awareness Week 2023

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National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) spreads awareness of work zone safety across the country. You play a role in work zone safety, so work with us by joining in, April 17-21.

In 2020, 857 people were killed in 774 fatal work zone crashes, according to the most recent data available from What many fail to recognize is the vast majority of people killed in work zone crashes are motorists and their passengers. In 2020, 117 of the 857 fatalities were work zone workers, making it all the more important for drivers to slow down and stay focused while approaching and passing through a roadway work zone.

Join in each day:

April 17 – Work Zone Safety Training Day

Companies are encouraged to pause during the workday for safety demonstrations, discussions about safety policies and other prevention steps to protect people in work zones.

April 18 – National kickoff event

The official NWZAW kickoff event will be live-streamed hosted by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), 10-11 a.m. CT, and held at the new I-70 westbound bridge over the Missouri River near Rocheport. Remember to finish planning your own event if you have one.

April 19 – Go Orange Day

Wear orange to proudly support work zone safety and the families of victims who have lost their lives in work zones. Post your orange pics on social media with #NWZAW and #Orange4Safety.

April 20 – Social media storm

Everyone is asked to share messages and use hashtags #NWZAW and #WorkZoneSafety throughout social media between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET. Social images developed by MoDOT and sample posts are available online.

April 21 – Moment of Silence

This new commemoration started in 2022 and encourages companies to join together for a moment of silence as a tribute to the people who lost their lives in a work zone incident.

Social media tips:

  • Follow #NWZAW on social media and share posts to spread the word.
  • Find social media ideas and samples in the “NWZAW Event Promotion Guide.”
  • Keep your phone and social sites close on Thursday, April 14 to participate in the social media storm.


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