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MDOT promotes work zone safety with new initiative

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Mississippi Department of Transportation is urging motorists to use caution when driving through work zones.

They've been working on their work zone safety initiative all month long.

MDOT says 75 percent of their 3,400 employees are out on the front lines, building highways and infrastructure just inches from oncoming traffic.

"It's scary, you're putting your life in somebody else's hands,"  District Engineer Brian Ratliff said. "We can put up all the signs and have all the barrels, all the protection devices out there we're required to have, and if there's one mess up out there somebody could be killed."

There were seven work zone fatalities in Mississippi in 2017. MDOT officials are hoping to reduce that number by educating the driving public about what they need to do to make work zones safer.

"We see distracted driving all the time and it's getting worse each day," Ratliff said. "Distracted driving is one, speeding is another. It's night work where we've seen alcohol related crashes out there. We have to deal with a lot of different issues that cause accidents out there."

MDOT officials say they put up signs warning motorists of every approaching work zone.

They advise motorists to leave enough room between themselves and the vehicle in front of them, because road and traffic conditions often change faster than drivers can react to.

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