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2013-04-18

TxDOT: drive smart in work zones

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April is the time for the National Work Zone Awareness Week, not just in Texas, but across the country. With distracted driving on the rise, adding to myriad bad things that can happen to workers and motorists alike in a work zone, the message is as timely as it is relevant.

TxDOT Deputy Executive Director John Barton urges motorists to slow down, pay attention and drive safely in work zones.

In 2012, there were 16,687 crashes in Texas roadway construction and maintenance zones, resulting in 134 fatalities.

TxDOT maintains more than 80,000 miles of highway and oversees more than 1,000 construction or maintenance projects at any given time. With so much construction, motorists frequently encounter work zones. Navigating construction can be difficult, not to mention risky for both drivers and workers.

Everyone should take responsibility for work zone safety, from engineers and planners to drivers and pedestrians.