This week has been declared “Work Zone Awareness Week“ in Oklahoma.


 


According to statistics provided by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, 13 people were killed in work zones in 2011, a 63 percent increase from 2010.


 


This week has been declared “Work Zone Awareness Week“ in Oklahoma.

 

According to statistics provided by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, 13 people were killed in work zones in 2011, a 63 percent increase from 2010.

 

“Drivers need to slow down and pay attention when they’re traveling through work zones,” said Capt. Chris West, Oklahoma Highway Patrol. “Of course we always want people to avoid distractions when they’re behind the wheel, but this is important in work zones for the safety of people in the car and workers on the roadway.”

 

Drivers caught speeding in work zones are fined double the amount for the citation, which does not include court cost. Along with other fines, a $5,000 fine may be invoked for endangering the lives of workers and
resulting in an injury to a worker. The fine may be up to $10,000 in the event of a worker’s death.