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VDOT workers are drivers, too, and we know area residents want to get from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible. We know the car can provide an attractive, uninterrupted time for motorists to catch up with family, call their kids, call the school, call the doctor.
That behavior can put highway workers in danger. As a flagger, I often stand on the side of the road to direct traffic. My only protection consists of traffic cones, a neon safety vest and hard hat, and warning signs.
Recently, a fully loaded dump truck passed four work zone signs and continued to approach my position at a high rate of speed. I was able to jump out of the way. Fortunately, the truck driver stopped in time when he spotted oncoming traffic approaching in the same lane. He rolled down his window.
Every year, 85 to 90 percent of work zone fatalities are motorists.
Please respect the men and women working to improve the highways. Help us do our job safely, so all of us can finish a day's work, and go home to our families.
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