Ask a Trooper: Work Zone Safety

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Ask a Trooper: Work Zone Safety

June 3, 2013 Updated Jun 3, 2013 at 11:12 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) ---- In this week's "Ask a Trooper" article, Sgt. Curtis Mowers of the Minnesota State Patrol brings attention to work zone safety as we head into construction and traffic season.

Question: I work for the Minnesota Department of Transportation. We had yet another employee hit in a work zone recently. Is there anything you might be able to do to bring some attention to this as we head into traffic season? I know you have talked about it a lot it the past, but it seems like good timing again. Thanks so much!

Answer: I would be glad to. Work zone safety is a huge issue and it can’t be talked about enough. We all need to do our part to help keep all workers safe while we are driving by or through any work zone. We shouldn’t have to wait until we see warning signs. We should be slowing down anytime we start seeing barrels, cones, barricades or similar construction type items on any roadway. Driving in a work zone is one of those times where it is very critical to be paying strict attention to your driving and to your environment.

Please remember that the Ted Foss Move Over law also applies to road maintenance vehicles and road construction vehicles (as well as tow trucks with flashing lights at the scene of an incident) and all other emergency vehicles. Slow down ahead of time and watch carefully for workers in all work zones. Please remember the three second-plus following distance rule, and wear that seat belt to protect yourself, just in case.

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