It was good to see the Alabama Department of Transportation officials working to reduce fatalities in work zones areas. For DOT workers repairing highways at approximately 700 sites statewide, speeding remains the number one hazard. In 2006, 37 people were killed in work zone accidents in Alabama and more than 1,000 people died nationwide. Director Joe McInnes said the primary reasons for work zone related accidents are inattention, tailgating and speeding. Work zone awareness brochures and posters were distributed at Welcome Centers and highway rest areas across the state during National Work Zone Safety Week.
Alabama is among dozens of states which will double the fines if motorists are caught speeding in a work zone. The slogan for this year’s campaign is “Slow for the Cone Zone.” Our firm has handled a number of cases where both workers and motorists were killed or badly injured in work zone crashes. Our experience in these type case is that the DOT’s assessment as to what causes the vehicle crashes is correct. In addition, we have seen examples of where the contractors created hazards on occasion. The Alabama DOT is to be commended for taking steps to help reduce the number of work zone crashes.
Source: Associated Press
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