National Work Zone Awareness Week starts today through April 15 and highlights the importance of slowing down when driving through work zones to prevent injuries and collisions. Reducing vehicle speed can avoid collisions from happening, or can reduce the impact by giving people more time to react and stop.
As road maintenance and construction season is now underway across Peel, all road users should exercise extra caution when travelling through work zones to help protect on-site workers and keep everyone safe.
National Work Zone Awareness Week aims to help drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians understand that work zone safety is a shared responsibility.
Work zones are any areas where construction is taking place on the road and includes both stationary and moving work zones like those created by line painting vehicles. This work can impact speed limits, number of lanes, sidewalks, bike lanes, turning ability and visibility within the zone.
When navigating through work zones, keep these tips in mind:
- Stay alert and follow signage and on-site crew direction.
- Slow down to prevent injuries and collisions.
- Leave space and share the road with all users.
- Plan ahead by using Peel’s new construction map to learn about current or upcoming construction on your route at peelregion.ca/construction/projects.asp
The Region of Peel is committed to Vision Zero and is working to prevent injuries and fatalities due to collisions on our roadways. The Vision Zero approach focuses on everyone’s responsibility to be aware of their surroundings and follow the rules of the road. Remember, work zones are a sign to slow down.
For more information on work zone safety in Peel, visit peelregion.ca/construction/work-zone-safety
Whether we walk, cycle, transit, or drive, we are all road users. These roads connect us to our work, our family and our friends. Simple things, like slowing down in a work zone and not driving while distracted, can make big improvements to road safety.”
– Kealy Dedman, Commissioner, Public Works
About the Region of Peel
The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel’s services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter @regionofpeel and Instagram @peelregion.ca.