As construction season ramps up, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is urging drivers to slow down to help prevent fatalities in areas where work crews are on job sites.

The FHWA made the call to coincide with National Work Zone Awareness Week, which ran from April 15-19.

According to the organization, crashes in highway work zones happen most frequently when drivers are speeding or aren’t paying attention to changing road conditions. In 2022, speed was a factor in 34 percent of fatal work zone crashes.

“The men and women fixing our streets, highways and bridges are among the most vulnerable road users because their jobs require them to be on foot near oncoming traffic,” said Federal Highway Administrator Shailen Bhatt.

“We hope drivers stay alert so these mothers, fathers, sons and daughters who are America’s transportation heroes can do their jobs without incident and arrive home safely when their shift is over.”