Work Zone Awareness Week Promotes Highway Safety—
There were more than 3,100 crashes last year in Wisconsin work zones
Governor Tony Evers has proclaimed April 8-12 as Work Zone Awareness Week, and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation will be taking part in
a nationwide campaign to spread awareness about safe driving as construction and maintenance ramps up for the spring and summer months.
“Work zones are temporary, but our decisions behind the wheel can make an impact forever,” said WisDOT Secretary-designee Craig Thompson.
“Each moment of focused, attentive driving is moment that can save a life.”
Preliminary data shows 3,157 crashes were recorded in Wisconsin work zones in 2018, causing nine deaths and 1,274 injuries. Five-year data
shows that Wisconsin averages nine work zone crashes daily in the construction season. Tailgating is the most commonly identified factor, while
distracted driving and alcohol/drug use continue to be prevalent factors as well.
“It only takes a momentary distraction to create a highly dangerous situation on the road,” said Tony Burrell, superintendent of the Wisconsin State
Patrol. “A reduced speed of 55 mph might feel slower compared to 65 or 70, but you’re still going to cover 80 feet per second – through areas with
narrow, shifting lanes. Drivers need to stay focused.”
In Wisconsin, work zones include major highway construction and rolling maintenance operations as well as emergency response, municipal
projects and utility work along local roads. Wisconsin’s efforts are in coordination with National Work Zone Awareness Week. This year’s theme is
“Drive Like You Work Here.”
Drivers and passengers make up the vast majority of those injured or killed in a work zone crash, but workers remain highly at risk as well. Earlier
this year, a Milwaukee Department of Public Works employee was struck and killed while filling a pothole. In 2015, three highway workers were killed
in separate incidents in Calumet, Shawano and Lincoln counties. One was rear-ended while driving a sweeper truck; two were flaggers who were
struck by vehicles.
How can people help?
• Drive safely, avoid distractions and obey posted speed limits. Be courteous and patient. Set a good example for others on the road.
• Leave the phone alone. Texting and driving is illegal statewide and talking on a hand-held mobile device is illegal in work zones.
• Slow down when you see workers and, if it’s possible, provide additional space by moving over. Wisconsin’s Move Over Law applies to
maintenance operations as well as emergency response units.
• Show support for work zone safety with the social media hashtags #DriveLikeYouWorkHere, #NWZAW, #WorkZoneSafety, or #OrangeForSafety
(but please never text or tweet while driving).
• Participate in “Go Orange Day” on Wednesday, April 10 by wearing orange in support of safety. (#OrangeForSafety)
• Visit wisconsindot.gov and search “work zone” for more tips and information.
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United Way Invests More Than $19.5 Million Locally
Investments Will Strengthen Community Partnerships and Stabilize Local Families
Madison, WI (March 27, 2019) – Thanks to the incredible generosity of Dane County’s “Champions for Change” — the more than 30,000 donors,
businesses and partner agencies who gave to United Way in 2018 — we are thrilled to announce the investment of $19,526,101 into our community this
year. These dollars, invested by volunteers, are going toward programs and strategies that encourage agency collaboration and achieve measurable
results in the areas of education, income and health. These investments ultimately strengthen families and our entire community.
This total reflects the achievement of the community’s 2018 campaign goal of $18.85 million, thanks to the leadership of Campaign Chair Corey
Chambas (First Business President & CEO), as well as success in securing additional funding through grants, major gifts and other opportunities (led
by Lau Christensen, Christensen Associates Chair Emeritus).
Investment decisions are based on the work of our Vision Council and Community Solutions Teams volunteers led by Chair Barbara Nichols (Wisconsin
Center for Nursing). United Way invests in more than 140 life-changing programs. These investments show the depth and breadth of the innovative
work our community’s generosity makes possible:
• $464,600 will be invested in expanding our FACE-Kids and CBITS (Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools), which provides therapist-
led school-based group services to Dane County children and youth with a wide range of behavioral health needs. Topics covered include anxiety,
depression, grief and loss, self-esteem, and anger management. Goals include improved academic success and graduation rates.
• $453,400 will help support Early Childhood Zones public-private partnerships. Early Childhood Zones provide multi-generational support to families in
Madison’s Leopold and Northside neighborhoods and Sun Prairie. The zones support families of young children through home visiting,
employment/education/housing and health services. They are a collaboration between Dane County, United Way, City of Madison, Oscar Rennebohm
Foundation and others. Goals include reduction of poverty, increase in family self-sufficiency and increased Kindergarten-readiness.
• $165,000 will go toward implementing a child care pilot for families who are co-enrolled in the Early Childhood Zones and/or United Way’s HIRE
Initiative, in partnership with 4-C (Community Coordinated Child Care). Our HIRE Initiative is made up of many business and nonprofit partners in Dane
County who are working together to help companies hire and people find and keep jobs. With these dollars, low-income parents will be able to access
high quality child care that allows them to participate in job training and employment programs or transition to employment. Goals include reduction of
poverty, increased family self-sufficiency, higher wages and increased talent pipeline for businesses, as well as increases in Kindergarten-readiness.
“The child care subsidy pilot will embrace a holistic approach to helping the
entire family unit become more stable,” explains Jody Bartnick, Executive
Director of 4-C. “Children will be linked to consistent, quality child care and their
parents will have peace of mind while completing training programs and
obtaining employment. Partnering child care with United Way’s HIRE Initiative is
incredibly powerful and will create such a positive impact for our communities.”
• $81,000 will provide newly created stipends for adults seeking job training
and employment through the HIRE Initiative. These stipends will offset the costs
of transportation and other expenses for participants.
• $75,000 will provide case management to help families remain stably housed
at the Tree Lane affordable housing development. Case managers work with
families to achieve each family’s goals. This may include providing connections
to important resources such as financial coaching, employment opportunities,
schools and early childhood options. Goals include reduction of family
homelessness and increased stability to decrease return to shelter system,
along with increased education, employment and health outcomes.
“It’s inspiring, and even somewhat amazing, to see how our community comes
through to invest in our neighbors,” Chambas said. “By volunteering with United
Way, I have learned so much about our community and how these dollars will
make a huge impact on the root causes of issues we face, making Dane County
a better place to live for all.”
“United Way mobilizes the caring power of our community to create measurable
change,” adds Renee Moe, president and CEO of United Way of Dane County.
“We are incredibly grateful to our community’s Champions for Change —
including all donors, non-profit agencies and businesses — who partner with
United Way. The power of many coming together to invest in our children,
workforce and older adults creates a stronger, safer, thriving community that
benefits every resident.”
United Way of Dane County is currently accepting proposals for 2019-2020
funding. If you’d like your programs to be reviewed by volunteers this year,
please visit www.unitedwaydanecounty.org/investment-process to see if your
organization qualifies and for more information.