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MDOT warns drivers in work zones

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Driving into an orange and white work zone along Mississippi highways is a familiar sight to drivers across the state, but what may not be so familiar is the danger that comes along with it.

"There are people working out there that are within two to three feet of your car flying by," said MDOT executive director Melinda McGrath.

McGrath says the Spring season typically means an increase in work zones. That means more workers, orange barrels, and trucks pulling in and out.

"There's only one thing constant in a work zone and that is that it changes everyday," McGrath said.

As part of Work Zone Awareness Week, the department is trying to drive home that point. Whether it be through speeding or distractions, like a cell phone, McGrath says potential dangers aren't just in work zones.

Students like Gregory Blasiar are getting an up close, simulated view of what could go wrong in a matter of seconds.

"I hit a deer. I didn't see it. I think I was going way too fast," said Blasiar, a senior at Millsaps College.

Blasiar admits he's had a few close calls in real life and his age group needs to be a little more responsible.

"We're very distracted, especially with cell phones," Blasiar said.

McGrath says the largest number of work zone accidents and fatalities don't come from the workers being hurt but rather drivers who aren't paying attention.

"Read the signs, slow down and keep your eyes open. Put your phone down and be aware of what's going on," McGrath said.

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