TxDot Honors National Work Zone Awareness Week

Published 04/15 2013 08:40PM

Updated 04/16 2013 10:05AM

TxDot is telling people to "Be Safe and Drive Smart" in conjunction with national Work Zone Awareness Week.

Today at the district office 134 safety cones stood on the front lawn representing the lives of those workers who have lost their lives since records have been kept.

Ten of those cones had black tape around them representing the 10 who died in the Wichita Falls district.

TxDot officials talked about the importance of slowing down, observing signs, and not using cell phones while driving in work zones.

A TxDot worker also shared his story from when he was hit by a driver in a work zone, even though he had taken all the precautionary measures.

"I had all my warning lights on and stuff and i had a left arrow over for people to move over in the other lane, they had plenty of visibility and they just didn't move," said Stephen Mccullough, a TxDot maintenance tech.

TxDot says 85 percent of the deaths that occur in roadway work zones are motorists, not construction workers.

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