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by Patrick DeHaan on Mar 31, 2013 05:00 AM
As the weather warms, its a good time to remember that road construction season is here. Several transportation departments are reminding you how to stay safe and keep workers alive in construction zones this season. The Illinois DOT has put together a video on
YouTube for motorists to watch as part of their campaign.
According to the U.S. CDC, "roadway work zones are hazardous both for motorists who drive through the complex array of signs, barrels, and lane changes and for workers who build, repair, and maintain our Nation’s streets, bridges, and highways. The Federal Highway Administration reports fatal crashes in construction and maintenance work zones dropped from 716 in 2008 to 667 in 2009. Texas, Florida, and California ranked as the three States with the most motor vehicle crash fatalities in work zones. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 101 worker fatalities in work zones in 2008, 116 in 2009, and 103 (preliminary data) in 2010. Here too, Texas and Florida ranked one and two, followed by Pennsylvania, Illinois and Georgia. Transportation incidents accounted for 72 percent of roadway work zone fatal occupational injuries in 2010 (preliminary data)."
Many states even have separate laws regarding texting and cell phone usage in construction zones. On the wider issue of general cell phone and texting use outside of construction zones, 39 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam ban text messaging for all drivers. Twelve of these laws were enacted in 2010 alone. To see more laws regarding texting and cell phone use
click over to Distraction.gov, the government portal to such laws.
So with the warmer temperatures coming and the eventual return of construction to America's highways and interstates, be sure to remember to be especially vigilant where men and women are working to keep our roads in good repair.