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GDOT focuses on local motorists for Work Zone Safety Week
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GDOT focuses on local motorists for Work Zone Safety Week

(WXIA) -- Work Zone Safety Week is underway, and Georgia's Department of Transportation, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety and the Federal Highway Administration are emphasizing the need for Georgia motorists to use caution when travelling on all roads throughout the state.

During Work Zone Safety Week, highway departments, law enforcement and private contractors are reminding drivers that dangers can come from failure to be careful when behind the wheel, especially in work zones where heavy equipment is often used close to travel lanes.

According to a press release from GDOT, 57 workers were killed in work zones in past years, not including contract workers and civilians. 

"When highway work zone accidents occur, drivers and their passengers represent the majority of resultant fatalities - more than 80 percent," Ga. Transportation Commissioner Keith Golden said. "Georgia DOT works ever day to create a transportation network that is safe for everyone."

"We agonize over every accident, injury and fatality on our roadways. It is especially difficult when a co-worker is injured or killed on-the-job in a work zone while serving our state," Golden added. 

As officials reported, a car at 60 mph travels 88 feet per second. Therefore, they ask that drivers stay alert in work zones and reduce speeds when travelling around construction sites. 

 

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