TxDOT promoting work zone safety awareness

More than 22,000 accidents happened in work zones across the state last year.
Published: Apr. 30, 2021 at 12:33 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - TxDOT is reminding drivers to slow down and pay attention in work zones.

This is the 22nd year for the national Work Zone Awareness Week. TxDOT says there were more than 22,000 crashes in Texas work zones last year. 186 people were killed, including four road workers.

Jerry Ullman with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute manages their Work Zone Safety Research Program.

”It’s important to stay alert. Watch your speed. There’s really three, I’d call them three factors that have contributed to the vast majority of crashes that occur in work zones. And it’s speeding, following too closely or tailgating and it’s distraction,” said Ullman, Ph.D., a Senior Research Engineer.

Transportation experts expect more people to get on the road compared to last year when travel slowed due to the pandemic

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