Fatalities aren't slowing down

News Chicago Sun-Times July 09, 2001
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Work-zone deaths are on the rise in Illinois

Work-zone deaths are on the rise in Illinois.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, 20 people have been killed in accidents at road construction projects this year. In 2000 there were 37 deaths and about 3,000 injuries.

The most common type of accident occurs when drivers stop or slow at a construction site, then are rear-ended by vehicles behind them.

Illinois roads are seeing a record number of projects due to the Illinois FIRST program. A total of 828 jobs costing about $2.3 billion are slated for the fiscal year starting July 1.

In response to the increase in activity, the Illinois Department of Transportation has launched a new campaign to protect workers. Large signs in childlike handwriting asks motorists to "Please slow down, my mommy (or daddy) work here." Also, a statewide radio and TV campaign is planned and the department is getting more money to hire off-duty state police officers to patrol work zones.

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