The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reports that, in 2016, there were 25,713 work zone crashes in Texas, which resulted in 181 fatalities—an increase of 27 percent. Of those fatalities, 174 (96 percent) were motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.
“People often think work zone crashes result in the deaths of roadside workers, but statistics show the vast majority of these fatalities are drivers like you and me who are passing through as motorists,” TxDOT Executive Director James Bass said in a TxDOT press release. “We urge you to pay attention and adhere to posted traffic signs when driving through work zones to ensure your safety and the safety of the men and women who are working on our roads. At the end of the day, we want everyone to return home safely to their loved ones.”
TxDOT reminds drivers that speeding and failure to stay in a single lane are the leading causes of work zone accidents in the state. By law, drivers are required to move over or slow down when approaching work crews, and traffic fines are double in work zones double when workers are present and can cost up to $2,000.
TxDOT is partnering with Austin-based Texas Mutual Insurance Co. to further its ongoing Work Zone Awareness campaign.