Work Zone Consciousness Week begins Monday, and street crews are pleading with motorists to make protected selections throughout development season
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Take it from a upkeep employee with the Missouri Division of Transportation. Lives are at stake whenever you drive on a stretch of street the place there’s development in progress.
Jack Kirtlink, a upkeep employee in MoDOT’s Northeast District, was one of many dozens of MoDOT staff hit in 2020 whereas driving these protecting automobiles referred to as truck/trailer-mounted attenuators.
Regardless of signage and flashing lights, a motorist crashed into his “buffer truck” at 70 mph, and the TMA ended up beneath the motive force’s truck. In 2020, MoDOT’s protecting automobiles had been struck an unprecedented 48 occasions.
TMA crashes have resulted in 32 accidents and one fatality since 2018, in accordance with MoDOT. These crashes nearly at all times happen as a result of a driver is just not paying consideration and/or driving too quick for situations.
“We’ve bought a job to do, and we would like everybody to be protected,” Kirtlink stated. “Simply listen and decelerate, that’s all we’re asking.”
Beginning Monday, motorists are urged to make good, protected driving selections behind the wheel as a part of Nationwide Work Zone Consciousness Week, April 26-30.
“We’d like drivers to work with us,” stated State Freeway Security and Visitors Engineer Nicole Hood. “Final 12 months, 27 lives had been misplaced in work zone crashes. It’s on all of us to step up and make good selections behind the wheel.”
MoDOT factors on the market are two actions each driver can take to assist defend themselves and people working alongside the highways: buckle up and put the cellphone down. In 2020, 74% of car occupant fatalities in work zones weren’t carrying a seat belt. Distracted driving stays a number one contributor to work zone crashes.
Dashing can also be a rising concern in work zones. MoDOT is partnering with the Missouri State Freeway Patrol for OPERATION PROTECT to implement pace limits in a few of the state’s high work zones all through the development season.
MoDOT has piloted the usage of real-time digital alerts (Makeway Security and HAAS Alert) on emergency-response vans and is increasing the set up of HAAS Alert to greater than 500 automobiles. The expertise allows MoDOT automobiles with emergency lights flashing to ship alerts to motorists by means of instruments such because the WAZE navigation app, giving drivers early warnings on approaching work zones.
Go to MoDOT’s Traveler Info Map at www.traveler.modot.org and discover out what work zones you’ll encounter earlier than you go.