On April 4, 2017, Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn officially kicked-off National Work Zone Awareness Week at a major interchange project in Montgomery Co. Maryland. The goal of this annual event is to save lives by increasing driver awareness. Drivers need know that they will encounter a growing number of highway work zones throughout the construction season. Sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the Federal Highway Administration and the American Traffic Safety Services Association this campaign encourages drivers to eliminate distractions and obey road signs and flaggers when approaching highway work zones. By driving cautiously through work zones, drivers will protect their passengers, highway workers and themselves. This Safety First presentation provides coverage of the official launch event. In addition to the speech from Rahn, this video includes remarks by Laurie Moser a victim advocate, whose husband Rick died in a Maryland highway work zone; Gregory Slater, Administrator, MDOT’s State Highway Administration (SHA); Martin Knopp, Associate Administrator for Operations, Federal Highway Administration; Jack Van Steenburg, Assistant Administrator and Chief Safety Officer, Federal Motor Carrier, Safety Administration; and Elizabeth Baker Ph.D., Regional Administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This year’s theme: Work Zone Safety is In Your Hands—Drive Toward Zero Crashes.