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.