Work zones play a crucial role in maintaining and upgrading the nation’s roadway infrastructure. Roadway construction workers, as vulnerable roadway users, experience a significant number of fatalities and injuries in work zones. Safety training is critical in conserving a safe and equal working environment for roadway construction workers.
Even as the trends in traffic fatalities for motorists have been improving, vulnerable road users (VRUs, specifically pedestrians and bicyclists) have seen an alarming rise in fatalities in recent years. According to the Center for Disease Control, injuries from road traffic crashes are a leading cause of death for children under the age of 10, hence a critical public health issue. School-age pedestrians in lower-income neighborhoods may be particularly at risk.