You know the saying- “There are two seasons in Wisconsin: winter and road construction.” And, with projects ramping up across the state, officials want to ensure those working at these sites remain safe.
Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed April 9th through the 13th as Work Zone Awareness Week. Mark Kantola with the Wisconsin DOT says there were more than 2700 work zone crashes in Wisconsin last year and the number one cause of those accidents was distracted driving.
As part of the initiative, Wisconsin State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies will be stepping up their enforcement of traffic laws in work zones. Kantola says violations can be costly.
Over one-thousand work zone injuries were reported in Wisconsin in 2017. Throughout Work Zone Awareness Week and into the 2018 construction season, the DOT will use display messages on electronic signs along highways to remind drivers to slow down and pay attention on all Wisconsin roadways, particularly work zones.