It is Colder Dan ...

Outside ... it is colder 'dan sh .... well, you get the point.

If you think it's cold outside, try spending the entire night out in this weather. For the company quarterly newsletter, which I am responsible for, I spent part of Sunday night down on US 21, just south of Beaufort, on St. Helena Island, taking pictures of the night work we've got going on. They'll be out there for five nights a week for the next three weeks - talk about tough and hardcore.

The temperature when I got there at 6.30 pm was a moderate 56, by the time I write this, at midnight, as I thaw out for the ride home to Summerville, it was already down in the mid-40s, and headed for the mid-20s before sunrise.

For the newletter, I took some pictures and got to do some non-corporate communication stuff by helping with traffic control, moving barrels and waving the Stop/Slow paddle for a few minutes. We had one lane closed, so traffic was taking turns on the one lane that was left open.

For those of ya'll traveling through work zones, please be sure to SLOW THE HELL DOWN!!! There were plenty of people who didn't do that tonight, and thus far, nobody's been hurt - yet.

Here are some sobering statistics about work zone dangers:

  • Over the last five years, the number of persons killed in motor vehicle crashes in work zones has risen from 872 in 1999 to 1,028 in 2003 (an average of 1,020 fatalities a year).
  • Eighty-five percent of those killed in a work zone are drivers or occupants.
  • More than 40,000 people are injured each year as a result of motor vehicle crashes in work zones.
  • Approximately half of all fatal work zone crashes occurred during the day.
  • More than two times as many fatal work zone crashes occurred on weekdays as on weekends.
Sources: Federal Highway Administration - Fatal crashes and fatalities - Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) & Injuries - General Estimates System (GES)
We're just trying to do our jobs, so please slow down and watch out. That lets us get our work done a little sooner so we can get out of your way a little faster.

2 Response to "It is Colder Dan ..."

  1. moye 29/1/07 18:45
    Coming to you from Augusta tonight but I was in Sioux Falls, South Dakota a couple of days ago outside looking at a Ethanol Plant the weather was Snow, Minus Two degress F and the wind chill what ever. The coldest I ever was it was 1981 off shore the Gulf of Mexico working on a Chevron job. I almost decided to give a try at another profession. The hottest Death Valley, CA. doing work for a mining company. Be careful in the weather but also you guys in the work zone. No way I would want to do that with all the crazy drivers out there. I will keep my sometimes bad weather job at least I do not have to dodge 3500 pound bullets.
  2. Anonymous 31/1/07 01:25
    i will agree - that's gotta be tough work.

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