GDOT raising awareness for Work Zone Safety

GDOT raising awareness for Work Zone Safety

TIFTON, GA (WALB) - The Department of Transportation is asking you to keep an eye out for construction sites on the roads.

This is Work Zone Safety awareness week nationwide. Construction workers are all over the roads in Georgia improving roads for drivers, but two major problems put them at risk.

"Speeding is the number one problem we have in work zones. The second is distractions," said GDOT Communications Director Nita Birmingham.

This week, Georgia is raising awareness for Work Zone safety. A display of cones and signs at the regional office in Tifton encourages drivers to slow down and pay attention.

"Each cone represents a DOT employee that didn't come home from work that day who was killed in a work zone accident," said Birmingham.

That number stands at 57 employees since 1973, but numerous other road workers have been killed in that time. Drivers we spoke with said work zone safety is something they take seriously.

"Speed is very important. I slow down," said Michael Vance.

"Try to slow down and veer over to whatever side they're not working on," said Jana Williams.

Just last month, 3 workers were injured when a tractor trailer slammed into crews working on the side of US 84 in Lowndes County. Even workers not involved in the accident are shaken up because it shows the dangers they face every day.

"Our people want to go home at the end of the day," said Birmingham.

Keeping that number of cones from growing.

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