M-DOT Encourages Drivers to Be Alert For National Work Zone Awareness Week

Construction season is upon us and with that comes the potential for dangerous traffic crashes in work zones.

It’s National Work Zone Awareness Week and M-DOT is reminding drivers to stay safe when driving through work zones.

Roughly 100 people in the U.S. died in a work zone last year and 17 of them were in Michigan.

M-DOT says drivers need to slow down, put down distractions and keep both hands on the wheel to help keep workers and fellow motorists safe.

"Watch out for those workers out there please," MDOT Newberry TSC manager Dawn Gustafson said. "They have mothers, brothers, sisters, fathers. Everybody’s got someone to go home to. Please let them go home safely."

Altogether, there were nearly 5,000 crashes in work zones in 2016, an increase of more than 100 in 2015.