Work Zone Awareness Week reminders drivers of construction zone dangers

MOLINE, Illinois - National Work Zone Awareness week is happening April 8 - April 12.

The annual campaign, held at the start of construction season, is designed by the Federal Highway Administration to encourage safe driving in highway work zones.

In the Quad Cities, major projects and detours challenge drivers everyday.

Projects like the I-74 River Bridge Project create the types of work zones the administration is reminding drivers to pay extra attention in.

In the last 5 years, 41 people have been killed in Iowa work zones, according to the Iowa DOT.

Four of the people killed were construction workers, the rest were drivers.

In Illinois, since 2013, more than 170 deaths have been reported. 6 workers ere killed.

It's a harsh reminder that drivers must be more responsible in work zones.

The Illinois DOT reminds drivers to put away cell phones, slow down and obey speed limits, and to move over for workers.

Drivers must also pay attention to conditions, and remember that heavy backups can occur at any time.

For more information about Work Zone Awareness, CLICK HERE.

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