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Illinois Observes National Work Zone Awareness Week With Tips For Motorists

A graphic explaining work zone safety tips
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With construction season underway, the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police, Illinois Tollway, industry partners and frontline construction workers team up for National Work Zone Awareness Week.

This year’s theme is “You play a role in work zone safety. Work with us.” Motorists are asked to please drive carefully so the men and women on the job there can do their work safely. Each year, more than 6,000 motor vehicle crashes on average occur in Illinois work zones, resulting in more than 1,500 injuries. Motorists are reminded to be ready at all times for lane closures, changes in traffic patterns, reduced speed limits and watch for the presence of workers and equipment. Obey signs, stay off phones and be on the lookout for slowed or stopped traffic. For additional facts, visit the websites below.

Roadway safety is not a game. There are no extra lives, no respawns, and no second chances to get it right.
Take the road safety quiz here: www.itsnotagameillinois.com
Learn more about work zone safety tips here:

Leah Lerner is a media writer, producer, and announcer at WSIU Public Broadcasting located at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Contact WSIU Radio at 618-453-6101 or email wsiunews@wsiu.org.
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