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Work Zone Awareness Week Highlights Need For Precaution On Roadways

Reported: Apr. 9, 2014 12:54 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Rachel Tarr) – With warmer weather approaching, work crews are going to be out in force on area roads, and drivers are being advised to watch out.

The need for safety is being given particular emphasis now because it's the 15th anniversary of Work Zone Awareness Week. From now through Friday, the West Virginia Trucking Association is asking drivers to use extra caution, and pay close attention to work crews around you, and the traffic maneuvering through those orange cones.

Motorists are reminded that those road crews will be out fixing those problems from this harsh winter.

"From our vantage point in our trucks, we can see people making mistakes with distracted driving, not paying attention, and not slowing down,” said Jan Vineyard, president of the West Virginia Trucking Association. “This is our office, and we want you to pay attention to what you're doing, especially in the construction areas."

Here are some tips for drivers.

* Expect the unexpected - you may need to slow down or change lanes.

* Remember speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes.

* Don't tailgate.

* Pay attention for construction workers.

* Be patient. Remember construction work can be frustrating, but crews are working to improve the road to make your drive better.



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