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TxDOT urges drivers to slow down for work zone safety

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Published: Apr. 11, 2022 at 1:09 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 11, 2022 at 7:59 PM CDT

EAST Texas (KLTV) - It’s National Work Zone Awareness Week and the Texas Department of Transportation is reminding drivers about the importance of slowing down and staying alert in work zones.

According to TxDOT, in 2021, work zone traffic fatalities in Texas increased 33 percent over the previous year. They said that drivers and their passengers were the majority of those who died in Texas work zone crashes last year.

“So we like to bring awareness to that. Any time there’s a work zone, bring awareness to driving safely, watching your speed limit, driving a lot slower than you think you need to,” said Jeff Williford, TxDOT. “Putting away your phone, paying attention because as you can see out here on this road especially, there’s one lane that’s open right now so it’s paramount for drivers to pay attention.”

195 motorists or vehicle passengers were killed, 38 pedestrians, four bicyclists, and three roadside construction workers.

“We try to put out as much signs, codes, and things like that as we can to bring awareness. But just watch your speed, pay attention, watch those in front of you, don’t tailgate, and plan,” Williford said. “If you know you’re going to be driving through a work zone, going to work or going wherever, be aware, plan for that, know that it’s going to take a little bit longer. Try not to be too aggressive.”

Traffic fines double in work zones when workers are present. Fines can cost up to $2,000.

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