January 13, 2010 03:53 PM
The Suffolk County Water Authority would like to remind residents to proceed with extreme caution while driving through work zone areas this winter. With dropping temperatures, the unfortunate likelihood of water main breaks increases and SCWA crews will be on the road to make repairs. Although our professionals are trained to undertake the appropriate safety precautions to safeguard the construction zone and to protect themselves, they will also be exposed to the dangers of working in traffic.

"The safety of our residents and employees is always the priority for the Suffolk County Water Authority," stated Chairman Michael LoGrande. "We appreciate your patience in the unlikely event of a water main break and encourage you to be extra cautious when driving near a work zone area."

SCWA suggests the following safety tips approved by the Federal Highway Administration, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and the American Traffic Safety Services Association:

• Stay Alert – Dedicate your full attention to the roadway;
• Pay Close Attention – signs of work zone flaggers save lives;
• Turn on Your Headlights – workers and other motorists must see you;
• Do not tailgate;
• Do not Speed – note the posted speed limits in and around the work zone;
• Keep up With the Traffic Flow;
• Do not Change Lanes in the Work Zone;
• Minimize Distractions – avoid changing radio stations and using mobile phones while driving in the work zone;
• Expect the Unexpected – keep an eye out for workers and their equipment;
• Be Patient – remember the work zone crew members are working to improve your future
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