Gov. Eric Holcomb
has proclaimed April 3-7 as Work Zone Awareness Week, which marks the
ceremonial start to the highway construction season in Indiana and aims to
increase awareness of motorist and worker safety in roadwork zones.
“The danger is
real,” INDOT said in a statement released this week. “On average since 2014,
12 people have been killed each year in INDOT roadway work zone crashes.
Eighty percent of those killed are motorists or their passengers.”
Last year INDOT
lost a colleague when an E & B Paving contractor working behind safety
measures on I-65 was hit by a motorist. INDOT Northwest has partnered with
RoadSafe to set up a memorial to those lives lost in highway work zones
statewide. The display--on I-65 at mile marker 238.7, south of Ind. 2--both
memorializes these losses while alerting drivers to the potential dangers in
roadwork zones, INDOT said.
INDOT also released
a new public service announcement on Tuesday, in the form of a 4-year-old
dressed in safety attire in an active work zone, asking drivers to put down
their phones and drive safely, saying, “If it was me out here, you’d pay
everyone to share the new PSA to spread the word about Work Zone Awareness
Week. Watch the sobering PSA at