Pay attention in work zones

Pay attention in work zones

Two seconds. That’s how long Rodney Matthews, former construction inspector for the Texas Department of Transportation, had to react after he heard a crash and a vehicle drove through his work zone. Matthews was thrown 30 feet in the air and suffered a concussion and severe injuries, but was lucky to survive. Not everyone gets that second chance.

While these types of close calls are becoming too familiar to TxDOT workers, statistics show more motorists die in work zones than workers. Work zone crashes increased by 13 percent in Texas last year and killed 138 people. As part of National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 11-15, TxDOT urges drivers to slow down, pay attention and be extra cautious to save not only the lives of work zone workers, but their own lives as well.

With the state’s population continuing to boom, the price of progress can mean more than 2,500 active TxDOT work zones at any given time. In 2015, there were 21,886 work zone crashes in Texas. The top two causes of these crashes were speeding and driver inattention.

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