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The Impact of a Number

Safety, January 11, 2017

733…

The Webster dictionary defines the word number as “a word or symbol that represents a specific amount or quantity.”

Let’s face it, even if you hate math, numbers are a great thing. They help us count, sort, organize, work, and so on. I know that the numbers “5:30” describe my wake up call. The numbers “$19.99” represent the price of the new Luke Bryan album I just purchased on ITunes. While these numbers may seem irrelevant to you, some numbers can create more of an impact. The work zone traffic statistics numbers below represent more than just a price tag or an alarm clock, they represent the reality of dangers in a work zone. They represent the lives of mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, friends, and loved ones. If we don’t pay attention, these numbers could represent me, or you.

733

The average amount of work zone fatalities per year

40,000

The average amount of people injured as a result of motor vehicle crashes in work zones

$4.4 billion

The annual cost of work zone accidents

45 mph

The benchmark speed for driving in a construction zone

32

The number of states that will double fines for speeding or other traffic violations in a work zone

These work zone traffic statistics numbers need to change, and can change, with a little help from the general public. It is time to put our phones away while we are driving. It is time to slow down when we see those cones and warning signs telling us there is upcoming construction. It is time to remember that those 10 construction workers and 2 flaggers are not just numbers, but people who deserve to go home safe. 733 … let’s reduce that number.

“Injuries and Fatalities Unfortunately Do Happen.” National Safety Council. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Sept. 2016.

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Cecelia Haren

About the Author

Cecelia joined the AWP family in the Spring of 2016 as the Marketing Communications Specialist. She is a graduate of Youngstown State University and a member of the Kappa Chi chapter of Delta Zeta Sorority. Prior to joining AWP, Cecelia owned a small business in the fashion industry. When she is not working, she loves to spend her time with family, friends, and her teacup Yorkie, Stassi. Cecelia lives every day by the words of her Grandfather, “Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.”

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