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NDOT recognizes National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week

Published: Apr. 27, 2021 at 8:10 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - This week is National Work Zone Safety Week and the Nebraska Department of Transportation is raising awareness.

In 2019, more than 800 people died nationwide in a construction zone. Roughly 600 were drivers or passengers and the rest were construction workers. NDOT said this is a problem in Nebraska as well.

They say its important for drivers to pay attention as soon as they see the construction signs.

“Those orange signs are there for a reason. They’re giving direction,” said Jeni Campana, NDOT Director Of Community and Public Policy. “They will tell you what kind of work zone you should anticipate in advance. That will tell you do you have a lane closure you need to expect in advance? Do you have a lane closure? It’s really making sure you’re not distracted when driving through a work zone so slow down and put that phone down.”

Distracted driving is always a concern, but especially so when driving through a work zone.

“We really want to encourage people that they really need to pay attention when those orange signs are coming up,” Campana said. “Slow down and raise awareness. Our people in there. Our teammates are in there working in those zones each and every day to make sure you have a safe and reliable transportation system.’'

Campana encouraged people to wear orange on Wednesday as a way to show their support for construction workers.

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