|View Video: WSDOT tests portable rumble strips|
on US 12, west of Yakima.
Work zone crashes occur every 14 minutes across the nation. Each year, about 600 people are killed in roadway work zones. Washington state averages 950 work zone injures every year. The culprit? It’s mostly distracted driving and speeding.
Our traffic engineers are coming up with solutions to help drivers pay attention.
We are currently testing portable rumble strips on Yakima area highways to determine if they are effective in combating driver inattention. We hope it increases safety for the drivers and the workers.
|View Video: A WSP car drives over|
the rumble strips at a higher speed
with no issues.
Portable rumble strips have been proven in other states to increase driver awareness and are safe for motorcycles, automobiles and semi-trucks. California, Texas, Utah and Florida are required to use them when blocking lanes for work on state highways.
And this is just one idea to increase highway safety. What are your ideas?