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MoDOT begins Work Zone Awareness Week across Missouri

In 2020 there was a 33% increase of accidents involving construction equipment than in 2019. MoDOT is partnering with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, along with Local Authorities, for "Operation Protect". Putting officers in and around work zones, to target distracted drivers, speeding, and other driving risks.

Posted: Apr 26, 2021 5:25 PM
Updated: Apr 27, 2021 2:49 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo) MoDOT is driving home a strong safety message this week to drivers.

"I have no idea why she didn’t see me but she hit me at 70 mile an hour and it pushed me about 10 feet,” said MoDOT NE District's, Jack Kirtlink.

MoDOT employee Jack Kirtlink shared his nightmare experience on MoDOTs Facebook announcement on Monday.

But he isn't alone. 

“Unfortunately we just hit a time there, where the worst case scenario occurred. A truck come flying up behind us and it did not appear that he would be moving over,” said MoDOT Transportation Enforcement, Frank Shadwell.

The warmer weather is here, and the amount of road construction is increasing.

So this week is to bring attention to the dangers of distracted driving and speeding through work zones.

“Dozens of Missourians lost their lives in work zone crashes last year. These are simple things that we can all do to protect ourselves and others, buckle up and avoid distractions,” said Missouri Governor Mike Parson.

In 2020 there was an increase of 33% in accidents involving construction equipment than in 2019. 

MoDOT is partnering with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, along with Local Authorities, for "Operation Protect".

Putting officers in and around work zones, to target distracted drivers, speeding, and other driving risks.

”Driving too fast is a top contributor to these deadly work zone crashes,” said Gov. Parson.

Those who work in road work zones, say they just want everyone to travel safe. 

“If I could talk to them, when they went by, I wish they would all understand that as bad as they want to go home, we all want to go home. We’d like to go home safe and see our families like they’re trying to get to,” said Delta Companies Inc. Bryce Hill.

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Temperatures will be slightly cooler today thanks to a northwesterly wind and some cloud cover. Highs will still be above average today with temperatures in the mid 50s. A sprinkle or two can not be ruled out today, however most areas will remain dry. Well above average temperatures will return through the end of the work week with highs in the 60s and 70s. Dry and sunny conditions look to continue through the work week into the weekend. Slightly cooler temperatures will move into the area this weekend with highs in the upper 40s and lower 50s.
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