Save your life, drive safely in work zones
April 3, 2000 (Release 00-052)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News Contact: Kim Stich, (785) 296-3585
Save your life, drive
safely in work zones
About 550 highway construction and maintenance projects will
be underway in Kansas at some point this year. The Kansas
Department of Transportation urges motorists to pay special
attention and drive carefully in highway work zones - it can be a
matter of life and death.
In 1999, 14 people were killed in work zone accidents in
Kansas. Highway construction work can be very dangerous, but 13
of those people killed in work zones were motorists.
"It's so important that motorists use caution at all
times, but especially in work zones," said Secretary of
Transportation E. Dean Carlson. "The life you save could be
There also were 747 people injured in work zone accidents in
Kansas. "Vehicle accidents in highway construction zones are
a serious public health problem," Secretary Carlson said.
"During National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week, we want to
remind all motorists of the importance of driving safely all year
National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week is taking place April
3-7. The Kansas Department of Transportation, in conjunction with
the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), The
American Association of State Highway and Transportation
Officials (AASHTO), and the United States Department of
Transportation/Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), are
dedicated to enhancing work zone safety for both the workers and
the traveling public.