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National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 7-11

March 31, 2014

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poster_17x11workzone_Tattoo_001Every spring, MoDOT starts preparing for the summer season of roadwork across the state. Part of that preparation includes the observance of National Work Zone Awareness Week, which is April 7-11.

Highway workers spend their days working a short distance from fast-moving vehicles. They make every effort to work safely, but they count on motorists to pay attention, slow down, and use caution when driving through work zones.

In 2012, Governor Jay Nixon and the Missouri General Assembly added MoDOT vehicles to the “Move Over” law, which protects law enforcement and emergency response vehicles parked on the side of the road. This law requires motorists to slow down or change lanes when approaching these vehicles and now includes MoDOT vehicles parked with amber and white lights flashing.

As part of Work Zone Awareness Week, two public service announcements are being shared. One features Clifton Scott, a MoDOT motorist assist operator who was killed on Interstate 70 in Kansas City in September 2012.

The driver of the vehicle that struck Scott was driving while intoxicated. He was recently sentenced to nine years in prison. The second video features educational information on the “Move Over” law.

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