Safer Roads Save Lives.
The number of injuries and fatalities that occur within construction work zones is stunning. For many of us, driving to and from work is by far the most dangerous part of our day. That’s no doubt a sobering thought, however, think about the ones who actually call these zones their office feel.
That’s why the Ohio Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust (LECET) is teaming up with ODOT to do their part in promoting work zone safety week (April 8-12). LECET is producing a commercial with those who have experienced first-hand the dangers of distracted driving in work zones.
“I want to share my story to hopefully make an impact that will spare another family the pain we have felt.” Said Linda Grace Cook. Linda’s husband was a member of Laborers’ Local 134 when he was struck and killed in a work zone in September of 2017. She continues, “We all want smooth quality roads, with improved lanes for motorists. I urge the public to give our construction zone workers space to do their vital jobs.”
Recent statistics from the National Highway Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) show (from 2016 to 2017) a two percent increase in total work zone fatalities and increase from 668 to 710 total work zone crashes. These statics show the importance of spreading awareness of work zone safety. It’s our hope that our efforts play a role in helping roadway workers get home safely.