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Jonesboro, AR--Lauren Payne Reports

Work Zone Awareness Week Cautions All Drivers to Take Precautions

April 6, 2004--Posted at 4:30 p.m. CDT

KENNETT, MO--"We're just trying to do our job and would appreciate it if people would slow down and watch out of us," says construction worker Ken Statler.

"Words to live by," says Statler.

"Really watch for flag men and obey them. People kind of get highway hypnosis and not paying attention and it's dangerous,"says Statler.

Nationwide over 40, 000 people are injured in work zone crashes each year. In 2002 nearly 30 people were killed on Missouri highways.

There are simple things we can all do to keep both motorists and highway workers safe in high risk areas. Slowing down and being aware of your surroundings is the first precautionary measure.

Other precautions are to try not to be on the cell phone, and try not to change the channel on the radio. When you are in a work zone pay full attention and always anticipate what could happen.

Currently, there are 625 active construction sites in Missouri. This means if you speed through one of these work zones during summer travel, be prepared to pay a fine. Scott Meyer says"it's going to cost you $250.00 minimum." He also says, "as you are driving through the construction areas we all need to remember one thing you would slow down if your mommy worked here and that would be my advice."

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