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Work Zone Awareness Week: Be a Safe Driver in Construction Zones

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Construction zones in and around Sioux Falls are getting more populated.

Those of you who travel daily between Tea and Sioux Falls know the routine.  Start early, drive slow and be patient.  But is it the same at the end of the day?

With that in mind, this is National Work Zone Awareness Week.

South Dakota Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist says work zones are dynamic places that can change minute-to-minute to increase the likelihood of a serious crash.

Driver-related factors that affect work zone crashes include speeding, in-vehicle distractions and inattentive or aggressive driving. The most frequently occurring type of work zone crash is a rear-end collision, and officials say paying constant attention to traffic ahead and maintaining an adequate following distance is important.

This year’s slogan “Don’t Be That Driver,” reinforces the message that driving in and around work zones requires a driver’s undivided attention.

So, slow down, be patient and give those construction workers a break!

Source: AP

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