Kent County Road Commission (KCRC) and the City of Kentwood Public Works Department is launching the fourth annual Work Zone Safety Poster Contest, but this year they're adapting the contest to meet social distancing requirements.
The poster contest supports National Work Zone Awareness Week, which takes place April 20 – 24, and promotes using caution and care while driving through a work zone.
Students of all ages can participate in the contest by designing a "caution sign" focusing on one of the following safety tips:
- Stay Focused/Avoid Distractions. Dedicate your full attention to driving. Avoid distractions like using a phone, eating or adjusting dashboard controls like the radio.
- Obey Flaggers and Work Zone Signs. Flaggers are people who help direct traffic safely through work zones. It is important that motorists obey directions given by flaggers and any temporary traffic control signs or devices. These help to define a safe path through the work zones.
- Slow Down, Move Over. Workers are often just feet away from motorists. That’s why Michigan’s “Move Over” law requires drivers to move over one lane when an emergency or road agency vehicle is on the side of the road with its lights flashing. If it is not possible to move into another lane due to traffic, weather, or road conditions, the motorist should slow down and pass with caution.
Students can download thus sign template or draw the sign in the shape of a diamond.
Families can post their student's dsign to their own Facebook or Instagram and tag Kent County Road Commission (@MIKCRC), or scan or take a picture of the student's "warning sign" and email it to Maura Lamoreaux at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posters must be submitted by April 24.