Work zone safety top-of-mind after I-69 fatal accident

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – In light of the Friday morning fatal accident on I-69 near Indianapolis, INDOT officials are speaking out.  They say you need to be aware when you’re driving through any construction area.

“I don’t know how you get people to slow down unless it’s through tragic things that we are talking about today,” INDOT spokesperson Toni Mayo said.

Everything in a work zone is there for a reason: to keep workers and drivers safe.  When you see orange – slow down.

“Construction zones are a time where people have to be the most undistracted that they could possibly be. It’s a time when they shouldn’t be looking at their cell phones or changing the radio station.”

In fact, over the years INDOT Construction Engineer Jim Keefer says they’ve made changes to the quality of their construction zone safeguards.

“We continue to improve our methods and the reflectivity of the things that we use like the signs, barrels, and drums,” INDOT Chief Construction Engineer Jim Keefer said, “We want to just get them to pay closer attention to what they’re doing. That’s what we are trying to achieve.”

They ask you give yourself an extra 25 minutes during construction season (Memorial Day – Thanksgiving).  That way you don’t have a reason to speed or be distracted when in a work zone.

“There are mothers, fathers, grandmothers, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters, people that are just like you and me that have families we all want to go home at the end of the day,” Mayo said.

In 2012, 50 construction workers were killed.  Last year:  13.

“For whatever reason it did decrease last year but 50, 70, 20 it’s still too many.”


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