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This is National Work Zone Awareness Week

A FEW KANSAS WORK ZONE FACTS FOR YOU

–Nearly 90 percent of the people who are injured or killed in work zone crashes are motorists. Of the eight people killed in work zone crashes in Kansas in 2012, one was a highway worker who worked for a construction company, one was a pedestrian and six were motorists. Most of the 608 people injured were motorists.

–There was an average of 4.8 work zone crashes every day in Kansas last year (1,742 crashes). The good news is – about 75 percent of the crashes were property damage only. The bad news is – every crash has the possibility of affecting someone’s life forever.

–If you slow down from 65 mph to 55 mph for six miles, you will lose less than a minute of travel time.

–Fines are double in all Kansas work zones, whether they are major construction projects or short-term maintenance projects. If you don’t slow down, you will pay up.

–The Kansas Move Over Law, which was passed in 2006, requires motorists traveling on four-lane highways to move into the left lane when passing by a road crew or emergency vehicle with flashing lights, if it is safe to do so. Tickets issued carry a $195 fine plus court costs.

–Tips to follow in work zones

  • Follow traffic control.
  • Stay alert.
  • Watch for workers.
  • Expect delays.
  • Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you.
  • Change lanes when directed to do so.

–The top contributing circumstances of work zone crashes were driver-related in more than 80 percent of all the accidents with the main cause being inattention. Other causes included failure to yield right of way, driving too fast for conditions, following too closely, and under the influence of alcohol.

NATIONAL STATISTICS –

Across the U.S….

There were 576 traffic-related fatalities and more than 37,000 injuries in work zones in 2010. Nearly two people are killed and 101 are injured every day in highway work zones. An average of four people are injured in a work zone every hour.

About Kevin Rippe

Kevin Rippe was born in Marysville and moved to Smith Center at the age of 1, then graduated from Smith Center High School in 1995. He graduated from Cloud County Community College in 1997, and joined the staff of KKAN/KQMA radio in Phillipsburg a year later. Since June of 2011 Kevin has been with us here at Your Country KNDY. You can hear Kevin on daily news reports, as well as calling area high school football and basketball. Kevin lives in Marysville with his wife Melissa, and 4 children Brennen, Jacob, Bailee, and Joshua.