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Safety Citizens Program

Become a Safety Citizen by partnering with PennDOT in encouraging others to practice safe behaviors on the road. This virtual community outreach program invites Pennsylvanians to express their creativity while responding to traffic safety questions posed bi-monthly. Every other month, we'll request a response using a different medium such as video, poem, drawing, and more. Selected responses will be shared on PennDOT's social media platforms.

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How can drivers keep roadway workers safe in work zones?

During the summer months, nearly everyone will drive through a work zone. It is important to put safety first and always slow down. While motorists drive through these work zones, construction workers are often on foot and rely on motorists to drive safely. 

Kid Challenge: Decorate the cone or draw your own work zone and submit your artwork.

Submissions Due March 31, 2023

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Work Zone Safety

Each year when the weather improves, PennDOT and its industry partners are busy improving the 40,000 miles of roadway and 25,000 bridges in its care, during this time in particular we urge motorists to keep safety in mind.
In Posted Work Zones which means an area with marked signs and lights, all motorists are required to travel with their headlights turned on not just in active work zones. 

Interstate work zones with a project cost exceeding $300,000 will have a speed-monitoring device to alert motorists of their speed prior to entering the work zone. Motorists must abide by this new speed limit or face fines or a loss of licenses.

Sadly, 90 PennDOT employees have lost their lives in the line of duty since 1970.

If you encounter our work zones, please keep the following tips in mind for your safety and the safety of highway workers.
  • Drive the posted work zone speed limit.
  • Stay alert and pay close attention to signs and flaggers.
  • Turn on your headlights if signs instruct you to do so.
  • Maintain a safe distance around vehicles. Don't tailgate.
  • Use four-way flashers when stopped or traveling slowly.
  • Avoid distractions and give your full attention to the road.
  • Always buckle up.
  • Expect the unexpected.
  • Be patient.


  • Video responses should be no longer than 30 seconds with a file of size of no larger than 50MB. 

  • Original artwork should be submitted as a PDF, JPG, or PNG and the file should be no larger than 30MB. 

  • PennDOT reserves the right to not post a submission for any reason. If a submission is not used for a particular reason the participant will be contacted and given the option of sending a new submission. 

  • All submissions must be the original work of the submitter and must not infringe on the rights of third-parties, including but not limited to, intellectual property rights. By participating in the program, the participant accepts responsibility for any third-party intellectual property claims which may arise from the submission and agrees to hold PennDOT harmless from such claims.

  • PennDOT does not provide financial assistance for supplies, materials or other items associated with this program.

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Past Topics:

Teen Driver Safety, Impaired Driving, Highway Safety Laws, Distracted Driving, and Many More!

Thank you everyone for your submissions! If you would like to view all the previous posts search #SafetyCitizens on Twitter and Facebook.