The Norman Transcript

Editorials

April 16, 2013

Drivers to seek work zone safety this week

NORMAN — The interstate overpass replacement project on Main Street and Lindsey Street and Canadian River bridge widening has made most area motorists more aware of work zones.

We’ve seen several crashes near the work zones but fortunately no roadway workers have been injured to date. Not that the weather is warming, there will be more workers on the road.

AAA Oklahoma reminds us that this is National Work Zone Awareness Week. Motorists are encouraged to slow down and stay alert in work zone areas

 Roadway workers face obvious risks to their safety but nearly 85 percent of those killed in work zone crashes are drivers or their passengers, not the roadway workers.

The number of lives lost in work zone-related traffic crashes nationally has decreased by more than 51 percent from 1,186 in 2002 to 576 in 2010, the most recent year for which national data are available.

 The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office reports in Oklahoma in 2011, there were 692 work zone-related crashes involving injury or death. Although this number is down from the 822 recorded in 2010, it is still the third highest total in the last 14 years.

AAA’s work zone safety tips for motorists include planning ahead for trips, reduce speed, remain alert. We’ll add our own. Put the phone down.

For local news and more, subscribe to The Norman Transcript Smart Edition, or our print edition.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Editorials
  • Help for rural America

    A drive through rural parts of the Southwest can be depressing. For sale and for rent signs are prevalent. Businesses along main streets have closed. Unless they are close to a major interstate highway, many communities are in decline....

    April 23, 2014

  • Embarrassment to Oklahoma, again

    The standardized testing that was halted in local schools Monday is another embarrassment to the state. The same thing happened a year ago and Oklahoma gave them another chance....

    April 23, 2014

  • Time to move on; exit of Sebelius is right choice

    From the moment it became obvious that healthcare.gov wasn’t working, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius became damaged goods for the White House....

    April 23, 2014

  • Happy birthday to us

    We don’t expect any cake and that many candles might be dangerous but today is the unofficial 125th birthday of Norman....

    April 22, 2014

  • Dancing forward

    The official motto for Mike Fowler’s chairmanship of the Norman Chamber of Commerce is “Moving Norman Forward.” But after Thursday night’s annual banquet, the sub-theme should be, “Let’s Dance, Norman.” More than 500 chamber members and ...

    April 19, 2014

  • Local control or not?

    Oklahoma lawmakers are a fickle bunch when it comes to issues of local control. Sometimes they want it and other times they do not....

    April 19, 2014

  • There’s no need to fix system that’s working

    Lawmaker attempts to alter the way judges are selected are being challenged by the state’s lawyers. More than 1,800 signatures on a state bar association petition urging a “no” vote on Senate Joint Resolution 21 have been gathered in just ...

    April 18, 2014

  • On the side of openness

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has been criticized for failing to release emails and other information sought by press outlets who believe it was covered under the state’s Open Records Act. Now, Fallin is coming down on the side of keeping the ...

    April 18, 2014

  • A raise for troopers, but what about others?

    Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers could see an increase in their paychecks during the state’s next fiscal year, which begins in July....

    April 17, 2014

  • Top honors for NPS

    Top honors keep rolling in for both of Norman’s high schools. The district learned this past week that Norman High School and Norman North High School have been recognized as two of the most rigorous high schools in the country and in the ...

    April 16, 2014

Video
Facebook