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“The University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies has developed an app that will pair directly with technology in construction zones. Researcher Chen-Fu Liao calls it “a Bluetooth beacon.”

Workers can send messages to drivers as they approach construction zones. The idea is not to look down at the app or the phone but to have it speak to drivers.”

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The article in full:

Forty-four per cent of US highway contractors reported that motor vehicles had crashed into their construction work zones during the past year, according to the results of a new highway work zone study conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America. As a result, association officials have launched a new national advertising and outreach campaign to urge motorists to stay alert and slow down while driving through highway work zones.
Stephen E. Sandherr, chief executive officer for the association said that 49 per cent of contractors who reported work zone crashes on their projects said that motor vehicle operators or passengers were injured and 13 per cent of those crashes involved a driver or passenger fatality.  Highway work zone crashes also pose a significant risk for construction workers, Sandherr noted.  He said 25 percent of work zone crashes injure construction workers and 11 per cent of those crashes kill them.

Sandherr noted that the campaign will feature new radio ads that will air in dozens of cities around the country that caution drivers to be careful in highway work zones.  The ads warn drivers that speeding, texting and losing focus while in work zones aren’t worth the “nightmare” of killing workers, drivers or passengers.

“There is no meeting, email or text that is more important than the safety of workers or motorists,” said Sandherr. “It is absolutely essential for every driver to slow down, pay attention and put the phone down while driving through highway work zones.”

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“The crash truck was one of three MnDOT vehicles on the highway with a crew of 10 workers who were replacing guardrails overnight. The crash was reported at 3:25 a.m. on southbound Highway 77 near Old Shakopee Road. The truck was specifically placed behind the workers to protect them from an incident like this – and the truck did its job.”

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“Memorial Day typically marks the beginning of many things. Summer’s finally started, the pools are opening and summer festivals are popping up across the county.

But it also marks the 100 deadliest days of driving, a period of time from May 29 to Sept. 4. During this time frame, there are 45 percent more fatal crashes compared to the rest of the year, according to Zero Fatalities. And of all fatal crashes, Zero Fatalities concludes that 94 percent of all crashes are caused by human error.”

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“I think that if the government approves it, they’re going to get a lot of people killed.”

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“The DOT piloted the rumble strips on several construction projects in the region last year and had so much success they decided to make them a requirement statewide this year.”

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The article in full:

“A road construction worker was killed and two others were injured in a crash in a work zone in Happy Valley midday Tuesday.

According to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Fedsot A. Tsopko, 51, was driving a 1990 Lexus 4D north on Southeast 122nd Avenue when he came into a construction zone and failed to yield to flaggers.

Tsopko hit a flagger and two other construction workers, and the car went about 200-300 feet before going off the road and flipping over into an embankment.

One of the construction workers died at the scene while the other two were taken to a nearby hospital.

Crews from the Clackamas Fire District responded to the scene to extricate Tsopko who had been trapped inside his vehicle. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital and accompanied by Happy Valley police.

Tsopko was released from the hospital and immediately taken to Clackamas County Jail. He has been booked on charges of manslaughter in the third degree and DUII.

According to the sheriff’s office, the workers were repairing and installing water lines. The construction workers were independent contract workers, not city employees.

Southeast 122nd closed from Sunnyside Road to Spring Mountain Drive was closed while deputies investigated the crash.”

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“In 2014, 2,195 drivers were cited for distracted driving, which includes wearing or using headphones while driving and texting while driving, compared to 3,336 drivers cited in 2016. Men were cited significantly more than women at 70 percent compared to 28 percent, respectively (with 2 percent not specifically categorized), and the biggest chunk of distracted drivers were people in their 20s.”

 

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“Drivers are often found ignoring construction signs, speeding and acting recklessly around construction zones. Illinois sees more than 4,800 construction zone accidents every year and most of the drivers involved are either in a hurry or distracted. Slowing down a little doesn’t add as much time to peoples’ travels as they think it would and it could save lives, but they don’t seem to consider or care about these factors.”

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