DOTD news conference set for Work Zone Awareness Week, Shreveport & Monroe Districts
Friday, March 31, 2017 at 1:50:20 PM
Media Advisory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 31, 2017

Contact: Erin Buchanan
Public Information Officer
(318) 549-8402
erin.buchanan@la.gov

DOTD news conference set for Work Zone Awareness Week, Shreveport & Monroe Districts

WHO: The Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development (DOTD) and Louisiana State Police, DeSoto Parish Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle (Louisiana Highway Safety Commission), Dr. Shelly Barrett (NWLA Transportation Safety Coalition), representatives from Bossier & Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Offices, and the Parish of Caddo.

WHAT: News conference to kick off National Work Zone Awareness Week in the Shreveport-Bossier and Monroe Districts

WHEN: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Time: 11am

WHERE: DOTD District 04 Headquarters
3339 Industrial Drive
Bossier City, LA 71112

MORE INFO: April 3-7, 2017 is National Work Zone Awareness week and is being recognized nationally, as well as by numerous individual states. Gov. John Bel Edwards has declared the week of April 3-7 as Work Zone Awareness Week in Louisiana.

The awareness campaign began in 1999, and is traditionally held near the start of every spring construction season and is dedicated to promoting safe driving practices, particularly while driving through work zones.

In Louisiana in fiscal year 2015-2016, 5 people lost their lives in work zones, the most recent data available compiled by the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). Across the nation, 700 people were killed in work zones last year.

This year’s theme is “Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands”, encouraging drivers to take responsibility for navigating through construction zones in a safe and responsible manner.

Speakers at the news conference will discuss the importance of driving safely through work zones.