Workers warn drivers to watch for them during National Work Zone Awareness Week
April means it's construction season. And while at times stressful for drivers, the workers in the trenches face the real danger.
Local workers feel like people don't fully understand the perils they have to deal with on Indiana Highway projects. With whizzing traffic it can be a potentially deadly situation out there for them, especially in the dark.
That's the purpose behind national work zone awareness week.
According to the Indiana department of transportation, 18 people were killed last year and more than 700 were injured in work zone traffic accidents. Many of those accidents were a result of driver error, something as simple as not adjusting speed. Now local workers are urging drivers to pay attention.
"My recommendation is think of one of your loved ones out here," said Brian Ludy, crew leader for an INDOT maintenance crew out of Elkhart. "It's easy to put it that way because you have a child out here doing this. You want to see your kid walking to your house for dinner later that night or just down the road."
You can show your support by wearing orange this week and, of course, adjusting your driving in work zones.