SANTA FE ― The New Mexico Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to drive safely in work zones in coordination with National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 9-13.
This also serves as a reminder that road projects across the state will start ramping up as the weather warms up.
“Our Department knows first-hand how devastating work zone crashes can be,” NMDOT Secretary Tom Church said. “We always want to encourage safe driving – especially in work zones – because it can save lives.”
In 2016, two NMDOT employees, David Eggert and Anthony Rivera, were tragically killed in a work zone crash.
From 2011 through 2016, there were 23 fatal crashes reported in work zones in New Mexico and a total of 3,149 crashes reported in work zones. According to the Federal Highway Administration, in 2016 there were a total of 765 work zone fatalities nationally.
When driving through a work zone remember:
Put down the cell phone.
Seek an alternate route or leave early if there will be construction.
Look for workers, construction equipment, bicyclists, pedestrians, and other motorists.
For more information on National Work Zone Awareness Week please visit the FHWA website here. Also, there is a national effort to wear orange on Wednesday, April 11 to support work zone safety. Please check NMDOT’s road advisory website, http://nmroads.com/, for updates to road projects and closures.