SANTA FE – New Mexico motorists are asked to slow down, eliminate distractions and watch out for roadway workers and equipment as the road construction season gets under way.
National Work Zone Awareness Week begins April 20.
This year’s theme is:
“Safe Work Zones for All. Protect workers. Protect road users. We Can Do It!”
Nearly 85 percent of those killed in work zones are drivers and their passengers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
New Mexico had 793 work zone crashes in 2019. In all, 2,181 people were injured; four people were killed.
“Our employees are doing whatever it takes to ensure our roads are safe for you and your family. So please when approaching a work zone do whatever it takes to ensure both you and our employees get home safe,” said Walter Adams, state Transportation District 4 commissioner and chairman. “We’re in this together. Let’s look out for each other.”
Transportation Secretary Mike Sandoval said, “Obey the posted speed limit. Speeding is one of the major factors in work zone crashes. Turn down your music, put your phone, food and makeup away, don’t tail gate and stay patient. Do your part to save lives, while the hard working men and women working to improve our roads do their jobs.”
For a list of work zones, visit the NMDOT road advisory website at http://nmroads.com/.