Use caution when driving through work zones
On any given day in Jeff Davis Parish, there are a number of state, city and parish roads projects that require crews to work in high traffic areas that can put them in harm’s way.
Nationally recognized and locally declared by Gov. Bobby Jindal, April 15-19 is Work Zone Awareness Week with the theme “Roadway Work Zone Safety: We’re All in This Together.”
The Louisiana Department of Transportation (DOTD) urges drivers to use extreme caution should be used when driving through work zones.
DOTD Secretary Sherri H. LeBas recently announced the state’s month-long campaign to promote safe driving practices.
“Safety is everyone’s responsibility, and the recent passing of one of our Motorist Assistance Patrol (MAP) employees while on duty calls attention to the seriousness of this issue,” said LeBas. “It is imperative that we take responsibility behind the wheel by slowing down and not driving distracted.”
Although Louisiana has seen a dramatic 32 percent reduction in the number of traffic fatalities through the Destination Zero Deaths initiative, even one fatality is too many. According to the most recent information released, there have been 302 motor-vehicle fatalities in Louisiana’s work zones since 1989, and most recently, 13 deaths and 1,002 injuries in the state in 2011.
“Workers put themselves in harm’s way to help the rest of us by building and maintaining the roads and bridges that get us where we need to go as safely as possible,” said Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez. “When it comes to keeping highway workers and drivers safe, we’re all in this together.”
“Each day, our troopers witness the devastating effects of distracted driving,” said Col. Mike Edmonson, Superintendent, Louisiana State Police. “While we remain committed to aggressive enforcement and delivering a proactive safety education message, we ask that drivers do their part by obeying the rules of the road.”
So remember to stay alert and give full attention to the roadway, pay close attention to signs and work zone flaggers, obey posted speed limits and avoid tailgating while driving through work zones.
For more information about Work Zone Awareness, visit http://www.dotd.la.gov, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call DOTD’s Customer Service Center at (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683).
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