Oklahoma Department of Transportation
Media & Public Relations
200 N.E. 21st St., Oklahoma City, OK 73105
405-521-6000 @OKDOT www.odot.org
Road conditions: 1-844-4OKHWYS (465-4997)
Date: Monday, April 1, 2019
Press Release #19-011
Highway work zones are designed to keep everyone safe from the first orange cone you see all the way to the last. With hundreds of highway work zones expected to be underway across Oklahoma by the start of the summer driving season, the Oklahoma Department
of Transportation is putting out the call for drivers to step up their safety game.
In the Game of Cones, Safety Always Wins is a new theme by ODOT and other safety partners to highlight the critical need for drivers to make safety a priority when they’re behind the wheel. This is part of the department’s larger award-winning
Your Life Matters: Drive Like It campaign. Unsafe actions such as speeding, following too closely or being distracted by cell phones are the top reasons for crashes in work zones in our state.
In the past five years, 65 people have been killed in a work zone in Oklahoma, including four ODOT employees. Additionally, the Federal Highway Administration ranks Oklahoma within the top 10 states with the highest commercial motor vehicle crashes in highway
“It takes a tremendous amount of effort and partnerships to keep Oklahoma’s transportation system running smoothly and work zones are a vital part of that,” Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation and ODOT Executive Director Tim Gatz said Monday at his first Oklahoma
Transportation Commission meeting as director. “The crews working just feet away from traffic in some cases put their lives in danger every day to keep drivers safe. We hope they will take safety just as seriously as we do.”
Gov. Kevin Stitt launched ODOT’s safety messaging on April 1 with a proclamation asking drivers to do their part in making work zones safer. During the next two weeks, In the Game of Cones, Safety Always Wins theme will be spread across the state,
By the time peak driving season arrives this summer, there will be numerous projects on city and county roads and turnpikes in addition to more than 360 highway and interstate work zones statewide. Some of these larger projects by ODOT include:
These areas will have impacts to regular commuter traffic and also to summer road trips as there could be lower speed limits, narrowed lanes and even detours in place. It is critical for drivers to plan ahead and allow extra travel time to ensure everyone’s
safety in the work zone.
Drivers can get updates from ODOT on daily highway maintenance and construction projects by signing up for emails at
www.odot.org and also by following @OKDOT on Twitter and Facebook. There is also a new app that features ODOT construction maps, real-time views of traffic conditions and other information available in the Apple App Store.
This year’s messaging is in partnership with the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. Additional supporting partners include Action Safety Supply, Woodland Hills Mall in Tulsa and Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City among others to promote safe work zones all across
Learn more about work zone awareness at https://www.ok.gov/odot/Workzone_Awareness_2019.html
This image will be seen on digital billboards in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro areas April 1-14 to help spread the word about the
In the Game of Cones, Safety Always Wins theme as part of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s
Your Life Matters: Drive Like It work zone safety campaign. The department and its partners want motorists to be aware of an increase in statewide work zones this spring and summer. Click to download a high resolution version of the photo.
Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Oklahoma Turnpike Authority employees joined Gov. Kevin Stitt, his son, Remington, and Secretary of Transportation Tim Gatz at the
"Throne of Cones" Monday at ODOT's Central Office lobby for the kickoff of Work Zone Awareness Weeks, April 1-14. The cone throne will be seen next at Woodland Hills Mall in Tulsa this Friday. Click to download a high resolution version of the photo.
(Editors and News Directors: For more information, call the ODOT Media and Public Relations Division at 405-521-6000.)
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Oklahoma Department of Transportation
Media & Public Relations Division
200 N.E. 21st Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Phone: 405-521-6000, Email: MPR@odot.org