Work Zone Awareness Week Cautions All Drivers to Take Precautions - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

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."

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Funeral home faces suspension after cremation mix-up, officials say

    Funeral home faces suspension after cremation mix-up, officials say

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 9:06 PM EST2017-12-14 02:06:36 GMT
    Wednesday, December 13 2017 9:33 PM EST2017-12-14 02:33:17 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    A funeral home in Batesville faces a temporary suspension after it reportedly cremated the wrong body.

    A funeral home in Batesville faces a temporary suspension after it reportedly cremated the wrong body.

  • Versona to close Christmas Eve, employees say

    Versona to close Christmas Eve, employees say

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 7:30 PM EST2017-12-14 00:30:59 GMT
    Wednesday, December 13 2017 8:29 PM EST2017-12-14 01:29:45 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    A clothing store in the Mall at Turtle Creek that emphasizes Italian fashions for women will close its doors this holiday season, employees at the store said Wednesday. 

    A clothing store in the Mall at Turtle Creek that emphasizes Italian fashions for women will close its doors this holiday season, employees at the store said Wednesday. 

  • Toys delivered to needy children in Craighead County

    Toys delivered to needy children in Craighead County

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 6:48 PM EST2017-12-13 23:48:24 GMT
    Wednesday, December 13 2017 8:22 PM EST2017-12-14 01:22:50 GMT
    Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd collects toys to give to needy children in Craighead County. (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office Facebook)Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd collects toys to give to needy children in Craighead County. (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office Facebook)

    It was delivery day as Craighead County deputies took toys to needy children throughout the county. 

    It was delivery day as Craighead County deputies took toys to needy children throughout the county. 

Powered by Frankly