ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) – It’s Work Zone Awareness Week and the Texas Department of Transportation is urging drivers to stay aware and follow the posted speed limits.
There were more than 25,000 crashes resulting in 161 fatalities in work zones across the state in 2018 and it is just as much of a problem in our own district.
“Just last year there were 408 crashes just in our area’s work zones,” TxDOT Public Information Officer Cheryl Sawyers said.
On Highway 83/84 heading from Abilene to Tuscola countless drivers travel above the work zone speed limit.
“Standing out here and having traffic kind of zip past you it may feel slow in your vehicle however to the people who are out here everyone wants to go home at night,” Sawyers said.
“The number one reason we had crashes in our work zones were speed an inattention,” TxDOT Traffic and Safety Specialist Jill Christie said.
TxDOT is urging drivers to slow down and pay attention in these zones.
“Put those cellphones down, put the food down just give your full attention to the task at hand,” Christie said.
These procautions are to keep not only road workers safe but also those driving on the roads.
“The work zone changes all the time. It could be just a quick lane change for them to take care of something or it could be more workers present, heavy machinery that may be close to the road. We want everyone to stay alert and understand that whenever they’re crossing into a workzone that there are hazardous things going on,” Sawyers said.
Traffic fines double when you are in an active work zone with workers present. You can find active work zones at drivetexas.org.