Work zone safety is a top priority
April 3, 2000 (Release 00-051)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News Contact: Kim Stich, (785) 296-3585
Work zone safety is
a top priority
The good news is that some motorists who are inattentive or
speed in Kansas work zones receive a ticket with double fines.
The bad new is that some motorists who are inattentive or speed
in Kansas work zones end up in an injury or fatal accident.
In 1999, 14 people were killed and 747 people were injured in
highway work accidents in Kansas.
"People tend to not pay attention as much as they should
in work zones and it can be scary," said Sgt. Darrell
Linenberger, with the Kansas Highway Patrol. "And a lot of
people don't realize how fast they're going past the
highway workers when driving in a work zone."
Unfortunately, the best way to remind people to drive safely
in work zone is to lighten their wallets.
"With the fines doubled in highway work zones, it really
makes an impression when they find out how much the fine will
be," Linenberger said. "But I haven't had many
people disagree with double fines because more than anywhere
else, it's directly related to safety."
The KHP works with the Kansas Department of Transportation to
make work zones as safe as possible. "It's a matter of
keeping the workers and motorists alive," he said.
"It's amazing how fast vehicles go by and for people
working in a work zone who are trying to concentrate, it makes
their job doubly dangerous."