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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 2017:

January 4, 2017

WORK ZONE WEDNESDAY - Speeders get tickets, not roses. #Bachelor #BachelorNation


January 11, 2017

WORK ZONE WEDNESDAY - Leave sooner, drive slower, live longer

Accidents cost everyone in time, money or worse. So plan to drive slower - it could save your life.


January 25, 2017

WORK ZONE WEDNESDAY- Texting and driving? Bless your heart!
Drive smart, put down the phone in our work zones.


February 1, 2017

WORK ZONE WEDNESDAY - Look for the shadow of a cone this #GroundhogDay and respect our work zones. #RespectTheCone


February 8, 2017

WORK ZONE WEDNESDAY -Put away distractions and keep your hands on the wheel so you can get home to the ones you love this #ValentinesDay.


February 15, 2017

WORK ZONE WEDNESDAY - Take it slow this #PresidentsDay and don't #Rushmore in our work zones.


 February 22, 2017


March 1, 2017

WORK ZONE WEDNESDAY- When your eyes aren't on the road, things can happen fast. One call or text could wreck it all.


March 8, 2017

Nobody puts safety in a corner.

More drivers die in work zone accidents than workers every year. So don't put safety in a corner this weekend because the life you save could be your own.


March 15, 2017

WZW- You don't need a soothsayer to tell you bad drivers can be dangerous. Pay attention when driving and #RespectTheCone. #IdesOfMarch


March 22, 2017

"Spring into work zone safety!"

Spring has sprung and construction season has begun! Drive safely and pay attention in work zones.


March 29, 2017


April 5, 2017

WZW - Hey driver, we think your life matters so you should drive like it. More drivers than workers die in work zone accidents each year.


April 12, 2017

WZW - Don't trade your life for a text message or a the few seconds saved by speeding. Life is better with you in it. Drive safely.


April 19, 2017

Dear Driver, we think your life is valuable so drive safely. - Love ODOT. Your Life Matters: Drive Like It.


April 26, 2017

In the past five years, 85 people died in Oklahoma highway work zones. Most of these were drivers like you. Your Life Matters: Drive Like It


May 3, 2017

Pay attention while driving and the life you save could be your own. #WorkZoneWednesday #RespectTheCone


May 10, 2017

Make your mom proud this Mother's Day and drive safely in work zones. #WorkZoneWednesday #RespectTheCone


May 17, 2017

Flunking this quiz could cost you more than a bad grade. Speeding is one of the top causes of crashes in highway work zones.


May 24, 2017

We remember the fallen this Memorial weekend. Drive safely everyone. #WorkZoneWednesday


May 31, 2017

Stay safe on the roads as summer driving season begins. #WorkZoneWednesday


June 7, 2017

In case you missed it here is yesterday's #WorkZoneWednesday. #JustDrive #Sandlot


June 14, 2017

Make your dad proud this Father's day; don't play around with your life in work zones. Drive safely. #WorkZoneWednesday #FathersDay


June 21, 2017

You're no McQueen. Slow down and leave the speeding to the pros. #Cars3 #WorkZoneWednesday


June 28, 2017

Show some independence this #FourthofJuly and put your phone down while driving. #WorkZoneWednesday #RespectTheCone


July 5, 2017

Keep your eagle eyes on the road and drive safely, Oklahoma. #WorkZoneWednesday #FourthofJuly


July 12, 2017

Slow down and enjoy the drive today. #WorkZoneWednesday


July 19, 2017

Slow down and enjoy your trip! #WorkZoneWednesday


July 26, 2017

WORK ZONE WEDNESDAY: Slow down, enjoy the drive while exploring Oklahoma!


August 2, 2017

Pay attention behind the wheel - your car won't drive itself.


August 9, 2017

Keep your cool in the work zone. #WorkZoneWednesday


August 16, 2017

WZW: Keep your eyes on the road to prevent the spectacle in the sky from turning into a disaster on the highway. #eclipse2017


August 23, 2017

Put your phone away while driving because the life you save could be your own. #WorkZoneWednesday #justdriveok


August 30, 2017

Give your phone the break it deserves while you're driving this Labor Day weekend. #WorkZoneWednesday #JustDriveOK


September 6, 2017

Don't bet your life on your ability to multitask. If you've gotta text it you'd better exit. #WorkZoneWednesday


September 13, 2017

Practice safe driving on your way to the game this weekend. #WorkZoneWednesday


September 20, 2017

Don't fall into bad habits behind the wheel this season. #WorkZoneWednesday #JustDrive


September 27, 2017

Don't be a "brat", drive safely this #Oktoberfest.


October 4, 2017

Don't jibber jabber on your phone while driving! @MrT #JustDrive #WorkZoneWednesday


October 11, 2017

The only way to get to Texas is to drive safe! #WorkZoneWednesday #BoomerSooner #BeatTexas


October 18, 2017

Shoot for safe driving this basketball season. #WorkZoneWednesday @okcthunder


October 25, 2017

Don't give other drivers a scare in work zones, drive safely this #Halloween! #WorkZoneWednesday


November 1, 2017

Left lane campers be advised: new state law goes into effect today. Save your camping for one of Oklahoma's beautiful state parks! @TravelOK


November 8, 2017

Make it to #Thanksgiving dinner this year, drive safely. #WorkZoneWednesday


November 15, 2017

We love you more than pumpkin spice

 drive safely


November 22, 2017

Make it to #Thanksgiving dinner this year, drive safely. #WorkZoneWednesday


November 29, 2017

WORK ZONE WEDNESDAY: Hey drivers, just a friendly reminder to keep a safe following distance between you and the next vehicle. @hansonmusic


December 6, 2017

WORK ZONE WEDNESDAY: Make good choices this holiday season, don't text and drive.


December 13, 2017

Don't end up on the naughty list, drive safely in work zones this #Christmas season. #WorkZoneWednesday


December 20, 2017

"ho ho hold onto the wheel"

 "happy holidays from ODOT"


December 27, 2017

WORK ZONE WEDNESDAY: End the year right and drive safe! Happy New Year from @OKDOT


Last Modified on Dec 02, 2020
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