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June 15, 2018
AAA Issues Statewide “Coping with Construction” Alert
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Coping With Construction Alert
CONTACT:  Susan Hiltz, Public Affairs Director, Michigan
AAA – The Auto Club Group
C: 586.940.0278 - slhiltz@aaamichigan.com
 
AAA Issues Statewide “Coping with Construction” Alert
Second in a Series of Statewide Traffic Safety Alerts
 
DEARBORN, MI. (June 15, 2018) --  Construction projects are in full swing across Michigan roads, bridges and highways.  Many of these projects occur not only during the week, but also during the weekend with closures and detours impacting motorist travel.  AAA continues it series of statewide Coping With Construction Alerts for motorists.  This is the second in a series of informational alerts that will be issued throughout the coming weeks and months.
 
This is part of AAA’s legacy of traffic safety advocacy efforts to educate and inform motorists. It is also in response to the growing concerns regarding the safety and sustainability of Michigan’s crumbling infrastructure. With major road projects in progress, these tips are provided to help motorists “cope with construction” as AAA encourages Michiganders to continue to hold decision-makers accountable for viable solutions that bring safe, sustainable, smooth and steady road conditions to our state. This alert is focused on creating safer work zones, improving safety on both sides of the barrel and supporting work zone safety efforts across the country.
 
Work Zone Facts

  • Over the past 5 years, over 3,300 people have died nationally in work zones.
    • Most fatalities in work zones are drivers and passengers.
    • Approximately 14% of fatalities involved pedestrians or highway workers.
  • In the past 5 years, distracted driving has led to nearly 500 fatal crashes in work zones.
    • Driver distraction was a factor in 22% of truck-involved fatal work zone crashes, compared to 14% of non-large-truck-involved fatal work zone crashes.
  • In 2016, large trucks were involved in 27% of fatal work zone crashes, and 29% of work zone fatalities
  • Rear-end crashes (running into the rear of a slowing or stopping vehicle) are the most common type of work zone crash.
  • Fatal work zone crashes occur most often in summer and fall.
  • The majority of fatal work zone crashes occurred on roads with speed limits greater that 50 mph.
    • Stopping distance for motor vehicles at 50 mph:
      • Dry roadway - 300 ft.
      • Wet roadway - 400 ft.
      • Icy pavement - 1250 ft.
 
AAA Work Zone Safety Tips for Drivers

  • Stay Alert and Minimize Distraction

    • Dedicate your full attention to the roadway.
    • Avoid changing the radio station, using a cell phone, eating, or any other distractions that can remove your concentration from the road.
  • Turn Your Headlights On, Even if It Isn’t Required by Law Pay Attention to the Road
    • Read and follow the signs.
    • Watch for brake lights on vehicles ahead.• Watch traffic around you, and be prepared to react.
  • Merge into the Proper Lane
    • Merge before your reach the lane closure.
    • Be aware that traffic patterns can change daily.
  • Don’t Tailgate
    • Follow other vehicles from a safe distance.
  • Know Before You Go
    • Check radio, TV, and websites for traffic information and schedule enough time to drive safely.
    • Expect delays and leave early so you can reach your destination on time.
  • Obey the Posted Speed Limit
    • Normal speeds may be reduced, traffic lanes may be closed, narrowed, or shifted, and people may be working on or near the road.•
    • Fines may be doubled for moving traffic violations.• Be prepared to slow down further if conditions indicate the need.
  • Change Lanes Safely
    • Change lanes only where pavement markings indicate, and only when traffic conditions permit.
  • Follow Instructions from Flaggers
    • Flaggers are often used to stop and direct traffic in work zones.
  • Expect the Unexpected
    • Workers, work vehicles, or equipment may enter your lane without warning.
    • Other vehicles may slow, stop, or change lanes unexpectedly.
Source: The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse WEBSITE.
Motorists can also:
  • Get additional information through the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)MI Drive website
  • Download the free AAA Mobile app  for IOS or Android.

 
AAA in Michigan celebrated its 100th Anniversary - A Century of Service in 2016 and has over 1.4 million members across the state. It is part of The Auto Club Group (ACG).  Connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn.
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America.  ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9.5 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana.  ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 58 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.

 
 

About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 9 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 55 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.

About Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation
Established by AAA – The Auto Club Group in 2010, Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation, Inc. (ACGTSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and public charity dedicated to producing a significant and continuous reduction in traffic crashes, injuries and deaths in the communities targeted by its efforts. ACGTSF provides programs, education and outreach to increase public awareness about the importance of traffic safety and improve driving behavior. ACGTSF is funded by voluntary, tax-deductible contributions from organizations and individuals who support ACGTSF’s purpose.


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