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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

WORK ZONE - First #workzone Wednesday message is up! New #safety message each week! #RespectTheCone

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

13 work zone deaths last year; don't be a statistic #WorkZoneWednesday #RespectTheCone

 May 4, 2016

Work Zone Wednesday- Do your part to help keep moms safe on the roads. #RespectTheCone #WorkZoneWednesday

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." #RespectTheCone

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 #RespectTheCone

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.

Last Modified on Dec 02, 2020
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