Every year thousands of crashes occur in work zones, injuring or killing construction and utility workers.
The US department of Transportation found that a work zone crash occurs about once every five minutes.
April 9th through the 13th is National Work Zone Awareness week.. a week dedicated to reminding drivers to watch their speed and stay alert.
With construction projects picking up here in western Massachusetts, drivers are being urged to share the roads with those working to fix them.
22News spoke with Chris Cignoli, the Director of Public Works for the City of Springfield.He explained the dangers of distracted driving in work zones.
“In regard to cell phones, and the radio and anything that they’re doing in their vehicle, they need to be paying attention,” said Cignoli. “Because even if you’re on a street that may not have a traffic signal or you’re at a green light you may be having to stop.”
Work zone safety is also important on highways.
MassDOT spokesperson Patrick Marvin told 22News “drivers should make smart decisions.. including devoting their full attention to the road ahead, minimizing distractions, and reducing their speeds.”