M-DOT Starts Campaign to Make Work Zones Safer

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Great Lakes Radio News UpdateMARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)A coalition led by the Michigan Department of Transportation have begun a campaign encouraging motorists to pay attention around highway work zones.

Representatives of M-DOT, the County Road Association of Michigan, the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association and the Michigan State Police, gathered on the State Capitol steps Wednesday to raise awareness about the potential danger of distracted driving around highway work zones, especially with the advent of technology in vehicles like the use of cellphones.

M-DOT says there were more than 4,530 crashes, 1,149 injuries and 15 fatalities in highway work zones last year, compared with 4,633 crashes, 1,312 injuries and 18 fatalities in 2011.

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