Work Zone Safety Examined After Recent Interstate Crashes
Posted on August 17th, 2010 by Zane Cagle
Recent automobile, tractor trailer and motorcycle accidents have brought highway work zones to the forefront of attention regarding safety. According to safety engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation, it takes a split second for disaster to occur while in or approaching a highway work zone. Three recent crashes in work zones have made experts examine safety practices in road work zones. Last Thursday evening a prisoner in a Wyandotte county sheriff’s car was killed when the car was rear-ended as it slowed for construction on I-70. This accident occurred just a week after a two teen fatality crash on I-44 that involved two school buses and serious injured several other teens. On Sunday evening four people were seriously injured on I-35 when their car was hit from behind while it was stopped for work-zone congestion. Some facts have been released about recent Missouri crash causes in work zones:
- Driver inattention is a major problem
- Majority of accidents occur in the regular flow of traffic, not during rush hour
- Majority of crashes occur when it is drive
Texting, fidgeting with one’s IPod, or letting one’s mind wonder can cause a second distraction that could be fatal. The National Transportation Safety Board is examining work zone compliance and speed limits. However, if drivers don’t pay attention then all of the bells and whistles will not be useful. Accidents in work zones are up in the state of Missouri and experts attribute some of that increase due to the amount of roadwork that is going on in Missouri. Missouri has made some changes in roadwork safety to include higher fines for hitting a work zone crew member, workers wearing fluorescent green vests to enhance visibility, and rumble strips on the highway to warn motorists of approaching highway work zones. Accidents in work zones are often fatal or leave victims with catastrophic injuries.
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