“It is the Transportation Cabinet's No. 1 priority to ensure that our road crews are working in the safest environment possible,” he said. “These men and women risk their lives every day and every night so that we can safely drive to our destinations.”
Nighbert made his comments as the weather warms up and the construction season begins.
Eight people died last year in Kentucky work zone crashes. Almost 200 were injured in 529 such wrecks.
“One accident in a work zone is one too many,” said Charles Lovorn, Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of Highway Contractors. “The construction industry wants the work zone to be safe for everyone. This requires the workers to be aware of the their position on the job and requires the motorist to be aware of a safe driving speed, the conditions of traffic flow and to be attentive as they drive through a work zone.”
Lovorn said one small mistake can lead to a tragedy.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recommends the following when driving through construction zones: