On February 8th, 2011, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) worker Bob Kamps took a nighttime shift patching roads like any other day on the job – little did he know that taking this night shift would almost kill him. That night, Kamps and his colleague, Mark Hanus, were hit by a car. Both of them were injured, but Kamps got it much worse with diffuse axonal injury, a very common form of traumatic brain injury.
Unfortunately, work zone accidents like this occur far more often than you would probably expect. Last year, there were over 4,900 total crashes and 75 injuries reported in work zones in the state of Michigan – both increases from 2015 statistics of 69 and 4,770 respectively.
Today, the state of Michigan initiated its 17th annual “National Work Zone Awareness Week,” themed, “work zone safety is in your hands.” The goal of this theme is to bring awareness to Michigan drivers and to be wary of the possibilities when driving through work zones.
Since the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has implemented “National Work Zone Awareness Week,” the state has seen reduced accident rates during that week and a few weeks after every year. Cyndi Kamps, wife of Bob Kamps, spoke in support of this effort, stating that “it doesn’t just end with one week. We can’t undo what happened to Bob, but we can certainly do our best to make sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else.”
My questions to you guys:
- What do you guys think about “National Work Zone Awareness Week?” (which starts today)
- What about the fact that accident rates significantly decrease near the time of this week but that’s it really?
- What more can we do to help reduce work-zone incidents?