The highway construction season moves into high gear this time of year. State Transportation Department Spokeswoman Natasha Lacy says April is regarded as the start of heavy construction. She says work zone safety is also emphasized this month.
Lacy says statistics tracking work zone accidents are mixed. “We are having more crashes and we’re having more injuries. That has increased but we’re having less fatalities within the last five years. And the number one problem for wrecks and incidents is distracted driving,” said Lacy.
Lacy says those distractions are not always related to texting. She says motorists can be distracted with hands-free talking devices.