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Imploring drivers to 'Obey the Orange'

New York City and surrounding communities tend to be uniquely crowded. No other streets in America tend to be quite as busy and as full as the streets of New York. As a result, it can be difficult for travelers of all kinds to reach their destinations safely and efficiently. In addition, it can be very difficult for road construction crews to do their jobs safely and effectively because so many travelers tend to crowd around and move through areas designated as work zones.

For obvious reasons, road construction crews tend to wear bright orange clothing and protective gear while working. Similarly, signage and cones alerting travelers to work zones tend to be bright orange. Bright orange color is ultimately widely understood to signal drivers, truckers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians to the presence of work construction crews. Unfortunately, not everyone respects what the presence of this color asks motorists in particular to do.

When motorists approach a work zone, they are required by law to slow down. Whether that work zone exists on a bridge, a rural road or a crowded New York City street, bright orange work zone signals remind motorists of their duty to slow down and treat the safety of construction workers with care. However, many motorists either negligently or recklessly fail to “Obey the Orange.”

Last month, the nation observed “National Work Zone Awareness Week.” Our readers may or may not have been aware of this observance. However, the message that this observance stands for is one that should be honored year-round. On the crowded streets of New York, the bridges along the East Coast and on the highways of America, travelers of all kinds should always seek to “Obey the Orange” for the safety of road crews everywhere.

Source: WTNH, ““Obey the Orange” for Work Zone Safety Week,” Noelle Gardner, March 24, 2015

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