NMDOT: Work Zone Memorial Coming To New Mexico

SANTA FE  March 9, the New Mexico Department of Transportation announced that the American Traffic Safety Services Association’s National Work Zone Memorial will be on display at locations throughout New Mexico through March 16.
The national memorial honors highway workers who have been tragically killed in a work zone and will include David Eggert and Anthony Rivera, two NMDOT employees who were killed in a work zone last March.
“I urge every New Mexican to please slow down and take every precaution when driving through a work zone,” NMDOT Secretary Tom Church said. “Let’s work together to make sure highway workers get home to their families at the end of the day.”
NMDOT partnered with the Associated Contractors of New Mexico and the state’s chapter of ATSSA to bring the memorial to New Mexico.
Between 2011 and 2015, there were 21 fatal crashes in work zones in New Mexico. During the same time period, there were just over 1,500 crashes that resulted in injury and almost 7,000 total crashes in work zones across the state.
“The NM Chapter of ATSSA is honored to partner with NMDOT and ACNM to raise awareness for work zone safety. Safer roads save lives,” said President of New Mexico’s ATSSA chapter George Thompson.
The National Work Zone Memorial can be viewed through March 16 at these locations:
  • March 9: New Mexico State Capital, Santa Fe
  • March 10: NMDOT District 4 Office, Las Vegas
  • March 13: NMDOT District 5 Office, Santa Fe
  • March 14: New Mexico State Capital, Santa Fe
  • March 15: ACNM, Albuquerque
  • March 16: NMDOT District 3 Office, Albuquerque
When driving through a work zone remember:
  • Please reduce speed.
  • 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.
  • Be Patient.

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