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Work Zone Awareness Week kicks off across Wisconsin

Wisconsin (WAOW) — Governor Tony Ever proclaims April 8-12 “Work Zone Awareness Week,” part of a nationwide campaign spreading the message of driving safely in maintenance and construction zones.

This year the theme is “Drive like you work here.”

Central Wisconsin hasn’t had a Wisconsin Department of Transportation road worker death since 2015, but 2018 data shows in other parts of the state it continues to be a problem.

Preliminary data provided by WisDOT says over 3,100 crashes happened in work zones in 2018. The data shows work zone wrecks caused nine deaths, with over 1,200 injuries. And in a five year period we’re averaging nine work zone wrecks daily in Wisconsin.

“Our message is work zone safety, slowing down, being patient, taking extra caution especially when you see the orange barrels and workers out,” said David Hunt of WisDOT.

Some ways to participate include always avoiding distractions while driving, and on  April 10 wear orange for  “Go Orange Day” in support of road workers.

Most importantly, remember to put down the phone in the car. Texting and driving is illegal across Wisconsin, as well as talking on the phone in road work zones.

For information on planned WisDOT construction in the North Central Region visit here

 

 

Chase McNamara

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