What is Work Zone Wednesday?
Have you seen the fun messaging along Oklahoma highways and wondered who came up with that idea?
In 2016, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation began the Work Zone Wednesday messaging during its Work Zone Awareness campaign. The messaging was aimed to get drivers attention and make them think about safety behind the wheel. There are currently 52 digital messaging boards throughout the state that display the message every Wednesday, impacting more than 3.1 million drivers that pass by the boards.
The first two months proved to be so successful and impressionable on drivers that ODOT was asked to extend the messaging to a year-long effort. Every two months a committee of ODOT employees team up to plan messages that are informational, seasonal or have to do with a current pop culture trend. Each message must meet Federal Highway Administration regulations for roadway signage.
The department will carry on this weekly tradition for years to come to make an impact on driver’s safety habits.
Here is some Work Zone Wednesday messaging from 2016:
April 6, 2016
April 13, 2016
There have been 84 work zone deaths in 5 years in Oklahoma. DON’T BE A STATISTIC! #RespectTheCone
April 20, 2016
There’s no prize for top speed! Safety 1st in work zones. #RespectTheCone
April 27, 2016
May 4, 2016
May 11, 2016
Work Zone Wednesday: Don't make me throw a flag! Slow down in the cone zone! #RespectTheCone
May 18, 2016
WORK ZONE WEDNESDAY - Speeding in the work zone? That's a flag on the play! #RespectTheCone
May 25, 2016
June 15, 2016
June 29, 2016
July 13, 2016
WORK ZONE WEDNESDAY: Forget the heat, be work zone cool. #RespectTheCone
July 20, 2016
ICYMI: This week's Work Zone Wednesday message urges drivers to put away #PokemonGO while driving. #RespectTheCone
July 27, 2016
WORK ZONE WEDNESDAY- Vacations are fun, accidents are not. Please pay attention in work zones. #RespectTheCone
August 3, 2016
August 10, 2016
WORK ZONE WEDNESDAY - "Drive calm, school's back on."
August 24, 2016
Work Zone Wednesday - School's back in session, don't skip out on work zone safety.
August 31, 2016
WORK ZONE WEDNESDAY - Pay extra attention when driving this holiday weekend and as always
September 7, 2016
September 14, 2016
September 21, 2016
September 28, 2016
October 5, 2016
A DMS board displays the Work Zone Wednesday message
October 12, 2016
5 died in work zones this year
Don't be a statistic
October 19, 2016
October 26, 2016
WORK ZONE WEDNESDAY - Don't spook other drivers!
Five people have died in work zones this year. Drive like the living this Halloween. #RespectTheCone
November 2, 2016
WORK ZONE WEDNESDAY - Don't forget to make good driving decisions for work zone safety this election season! #RespectTheCone
November 16, 2016
Dumble-don't mess around in work zones on your way to see #FantasticBeasts this weekend! #RespectTheCone
November 23, 2016
WORK ZONE WEDNESDAY - This #Thanksgiving we're thankful for safe drivers, so don't be a turkey! Slow down in work zones. #RespectTheCone
November 30, 2016
December 7, 2016
WZW- Work zone deaths are on the rise this year. You can help reverse this trend by putting away distractions & focusing on the road.
December 14, 2016
Don't Go Rogue In Our Work Zone. #WorkZoneWednesday
December 21, 2016
Happy Holidays from ODOT. Don't Dash Through Our Work Zones. #WorkZoneWednesday
December 28, 2016
Resolve to Drive Safe This Year. #WorkZoneWednesday
Happy Holidays from ODOT.