MoDOT urges drivers to practice safe driving through work zones
JEFFERSON CITY - In 2017, there were 16 people killed in work zone accidents in Missouri, according to MoDOT.
With the weekend upon us and Father's Day this Sunday MoDOT wants drivers to drive safe through work zones.
"Put your phones down, we can't say that enough. Distracted driving is a leading cause of these accidents," MoDOT Regional Area Engineer Mike Schupp said.
According to the MoDOT Central District Work Zones website, in mid-Missouri there are currently 12 on-going projects.
Schupp said work zone accidents happen way to often.
"The amount of signing that we do out there, the amount of education that we do to try to get people to not drive distracted," said Schupp.
MoDOT said they do everything they can to protect the workers, contractors and drivers. They want to get the advanced warning out there to notify drivers of any work zone that is going to be upcoming. Also they want to notify drivers to be aware and expect the unexpected.
MoDOT Traffic Lesion Engineer Ashley Buechter said she wants to remind drivers to always pay attention to the surroundings when there is more traffic than normal.
"Always buckle up and put their phone down. Don't be distracted," Buechter said.
To stay up-to-date with traffic congestion, work zones delays and road closures you can visit MoDot's traveler map.