Iowa DOT: 4 work zone deaths statewide so far this year

Total down from 10 last year

Posted: Sep. 13, 2018 10:55 PM
Updated: Sep. 13, 2018 10:55 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa - We're still in the midst of construction season, and the top concern for those working alongside roadways is safety.

A national 10-year average reveals 830 people die in work zones every year. According to Iowa DOT, 4 motorists have been killed in work zones in Iowa so far in 2018, down from 10 last year and 13 in 2016.

Judy Borger is driving an RV along with her husband, and says drivers must concentrate on the road.

"There's people like us. We're baby boomers. We travel, this is what we do. And there's gonna be a lot of us on the roads."

In addition to drivers going too fast, she notes that drivers must ignore distractions.

"Leave the phones down, don't text while you're driving. Watch what you're doing."

Since 1978, Iowa DOT has gathered information on crashes in work zones every year, with 1999 being the deadliest; 17 fatalities were reported that year, 15 of whom were motorists, and 2 being contract workers.

Iowa DOT notes the most common crash in a work zone is a rear-end collision, and advises drivers to leave two seconds of braking distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.

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