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Topic: Be Bright! Live in the Light!
ATTENTION YOUDIG? READERS !!!
IT’S ROAD CONSTRUCTION SEASON
BULLETIN: Highway construction zones are among the most dangerous places on earth.
Today we begin our 3 part “Dear YouDig?” Series to Highlight Highway Construction Safety.
Part I: Be Bright! Live in the Light
Part II: Not So Fast Speedie
Part III: Drop that Phone You Drunken Fool
I am a highway patrol officer. It’s now road construction season. Most are enjoying the warmer weather and traveling to see friends and family. Sadly, every construction season we see catastrophic accidents in our interstate highway construction zones.
We were recently called to a nighttime scene where a couple in a sedan rear ended a slow moving dump truck while it hauled materials from a highway construction site. The contractor properly marked with reflective tape, all lights were working and the driver was operating the truck carefully. The truck, however, became progressively dirty throughout its trips. The reflective tape and lights were dimmed by mud and dust. Traveling across country, the couple was speeding, didn’t see the slow moving truck in time and could not avoid the collision. Tragically, both died from their injuries at the scene.
I know there are many construction zone safety laws… but still the accidents. Any tips for contractors and the public?
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