Campaign encourages careful driving in work zones

Campaign encourages careful driving in work zones

FORT MYERS, Fla. A national campaign is aimed at encouraging motorists to drive extra carefully around road construction.

The danger is all too familiar for David Anderson, a construction worker who was hit by a car on a job site a few years ago.

“It was probably 10 or 15 mph,” Anderson said. “It spun me around and put me on my butt.”

National Work Zone Awareness Week began Monday. The American Road & Transportation Builders Association initiative is aimed at curbing the number of fatalities involving roadside workers.

Three people are killed each day in highway construction areas nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Drivers are constantly texting while speeding through work zones, FDOT spokesperson Zach Burch said.

“Drivers rarely move over. Especially when people are working right on the edge of the road,” Florida Department of Transportation spokesperson Zach Burch said. “They’re going over the speed limit and it is frustrating.”

National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 3 through April 7. The theme for this year is Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands.

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