People go orange in support of Work Zone Awareness week

ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR)--- Across the United States, work zone crashes are increasing and in Illinois there are more than 5,000 construction zone crashes on average each year according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

But workers are not the only ones injured or killed through work zone crashes.

"Last year it was very much a concern when we realized that 18 deaths in work safety zones throughout the state of Illinois and one of those being a construction worker," says Project First Rate executive director, Jake Castanza.

Road safety professionals are taking a stand and teaching the public through Work Zone Awareness week.

"Now is the time that we see work zones starting to pop up across the country and so this really should be top of mind for drivers as they start encountering work zones," says deputy administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, Brandye Hendrickson.

With the approaching construction season, people are wearing orange to spread the message.

"But not only orange, also highlighter yellow, those are also colors to be aware of when you're on the roadways because individuals wear that color as well," says Castanza.