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City Warns About Construction Zone Crashes

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- Since June 13, five crashes have occurred in construction areas in Springfield, according to Public Works.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- Since June 13, five crashes have occurred in construction areas in Springfield, according to Public Works.

Interim Co-Director Jonathan Gano said, "All of the accidents were caused by drivers' inattention."

A Public Works news release cited statistics showing that each year about 1,000 people die in work zones throughout America.  85% of those fatalities are drivers and their passengers. 

Drivers are asked to be aware of safety hazards as they approach work zones.

Below are some tips for driving in work zones.

Expect the unexpected: Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be changed, and people may be working on or near the road.

Keep a safe distance between your car and the car ahead of you.  The most common crash in a highway work zone is the rear-end collision, so leave space to stop between you and the car ahead. 

Do not tailgate, and do not speed.

Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and construction workers and their equipment.  The closer you are, the slower you should go.

Obey road-crew flaggers and warning signs.  The flagger knows what is best for moving traffic safely in the work zone.  A flagger has the same authority as a regulatory sign, so you can be cited for disobeying his or her 

Stay alert and minimize distractions.  Dedicate your full attention to the road.

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