“Safety Sam” Unveiling to Kick-Off Work Zone Awareness Week

PIERRE, S.D. – National Work Zone Awareness Week is held every April, and motorists are reminded to drive safely not only for the sake of South Dakota highway workers but also for the drivers themselves and their passengers. Work Zone Awareness Week (WZAW) is used as an opportunity to raise public awareness about the dangers for highway construction workers and motorists when road improvements are under way.

The Associated General Contractors of South Dakota (AGC) will participate through the unveiling of “Safety Sam” a 10-foot barrel guy made from orange construction barrels! He will be unveiled on the northwest corner of Sheridan Lake Road and Jackson Blvd., a project by Heavy Constructors, Inc. today at 1:00 pm! Safety Sam is used by the AGC and its members as a visual deterrent to remind drivers to SLOW DOWN in work zones, this week and all weeks of the busy construction season. Because of the generous donation from AGC member, Traffic Services Company, three (3) Sam’s were made possible. One lives West River, one in Pierre, and one East River. Sam won’t be missed on the corner and is ready to make his debut!

The AGC of South Dakota wants to get the message out to the public that nearly 85 percent of those killed in work zones are drivers and their passengers. The goal of Work Zone Awareness Week 2014 is to remind drivers that safer driving means safer work zones for everyone. Safety Sam will be used throughout the state of South Dakota all construction season long.
The AGC of South Dakota, Highway-Heavy-Utilities Chapter, is a voluntary trade association of almost 250 contractors, suppliers and service firms who build the roads, bridges and water/wastewater infrastructure in South Dakota.