1 killed weekly in road work zones: Tips for safe driving

1 killed weekly in road work zones: Tips for safe driving

FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) - A flagger helping to guide traffic through a work zone was nearly hit recently on Mt. Zion Road, state transportation officials said.

Crews on the project have raised concerns that drivers are not obeying speed limits or flaggers, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Each week, one person is killed in US road work zones, the cabinet reports.

Last year in Kentucky, 674 crashes were reported in work zones, resulting in 143 injures and 10 fatalities.

These warnings come as spring starts the annual road work season in the Tri-State and nationally.

This week is also National Zone Safety Awareness Week.

The Commonwealth requested that popular buildings and landmarks be illuminated orange to raise awareness to the dangers of work zones.

State transportation officials also are reminding drivers approaching work zones to pay attention.

Here are some tips for driving in work zones:

  • Keep your eyes on the road
  • Put away the phone
  • Keep a safe distance from workers and equipment
  • Look out for flaggers
  • Keep up with traffic flow
  • Don't tailgate
  • Allow extra travel time to get to your destination if you know you are traveling through a work zone
  • Obey reduced speed limits

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