MDOT: 10 deaths in work zones in 2013

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — Fewer people were killed in road construction zones last year than in 2012, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.

In 2013, there were 4,080 crashes, 1,112 injuries and 10 fatalities in work zones, MDOT says. Additionally, while workers were killed on the job last year, none of those deaths involved vehicles.

In 2012, there were 4,592 crashes, 1,181 injuries and 15 fatalities.

However, MDOT says, though overall figures decreased, the number of serious injuries increased from 57 in 2012 to 107 in 2013.

MDOT released the figures Monday as part of National Work Zone Awareness Week, which runs from April 7 to April 11 this year.

Officials remind drivers to be especially alert and cautious in work zones and keep an eye out for changing speed limits.

“Drivers must pay complete attention to everything that is going on in a work zone in order to safely react to changing conditions,” MDOT Director Kirk Steudle said in a statement. “Stay safe by paying attention not only to workers, but to stopped traffic in front of you and to other drivers attempting to merge, many at the last minute.”

Public safety announcement about work zone safety from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, via YouTube:

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