Senior Trooper with LSP Brett Davis checking drivers for speeding in a work zone.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
Texas and Louisiana have declared the week of April 7-11 as "Work zone Awareness Week."
Officials are warning drivers to be cautious when passing through construction areas. This is important to do because by being aware of the work zone, it helps protect the driver, vehicle passengers and especially those working on the roadways.
Too many times law enforcement has seen accidents in work zones. A lot of the accidents have to do with the drivers being distracted, whether they are on his or her cellphone, not paying attention or speeding.
"They don't pay attention to the workers out here. These guys are out here doing a job, and they can't do their job effectively without worrying about whether or not they're going to get run over or hit," Senior Trooper with Louisiana State Police (LSP) Brett Davis said.
Davis said work zones are heavily patrolled and speeding is a big issue.
The La. Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) said in the most recent numbers from 2012, there were 661 injuries and 12 fatalities in Louisiana alone from accidents in work zones.
"On average in Northwest Louisiana, of all the parishes we serve, we have approximately 30 to 40 work zones going on at any given time. So it's so important for motorists to remember to slow down, obey those posted speed limits, and also really avoid distracted driving," Susan Stafford with DOTD said.
Stafford said while distracted driving is a big factor in the accidents caused in work zones, the majority of accidents are caused by speeding.
This week, DOTD and LSP wants drivers to remember to slow down and pay attention when traveling through work areas.
For any information on construction projects going on in Louisiana, visit the DOTD 511 system website by clicking here. This site will show you where the work zones are and what alternative routes drivers can take.