Work zone safety focus of statewide campaign
With 84 percent of 2013 work-zone fatalities being motorists rather than workers, the Texas Department of Transportation kicks off its "Be Safe. Drive Smart." campaign as part of National Work Zone Awareness Week on Sunday through April 11.
In Texas, there can be more than 2,500 active Texas Department of Transportation work zones at any given time. Last year, 17,266 work-zone crashes resulted in 3,522 serious injuries and 115 fatalities.
The agency in partnership with the Department of Public Safety, Victoria County Sheriff's Office, Victoria Police Department and DeTar Hospital Navarro will discuss the importance of slowing down and staying alert while driving through work zones at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the DeTar Hospital parking lot.