As the 2013 road construction season gets underway, the Illinois Department of Transportation and others are reminding motorists to slow down and pay attention in work zones. To raise awareness, IDOT and the Illinois State Police are highlighting National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 15 – 19. On Friday, IDOT and State Troopers will be at rest stops statewide reminding motorists to driver safely in work zones.
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On average there are over 7,000 work zone motor vehicle crashes in Illinois every year. The 19 fatal work zone crashes in 2012 involved fatalities to 13 drivers, three passengers and three pedestrians. Two of the pedestrians were workers.