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TxDOT, Edinburg Urge Motorists to Exercise Caution in Work Zones

Edinburg, Texas (April 6, 2017) – In recognition of National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 3-7, TxDOT reminds drivers that every single day requires caution when driving through work zones.

The City of Edinburg joins TxDOT in urging drivers to exercise caution while driving through work zones.

As the state’s population continues to boom, the price of progress can mean more than 2,500 active TxDOT work zones at any given time. In the Rio Grande Valley, there were 251 crashes in work zones in 2016, resulting in no fatalities and 14 serious injuries. Zero fatalities is great news, but you can never overemphasize caution.

Work zone fatalities in Texas, however, increased last year by 27 percent, resulting in 181 lost lives. Of those fatalities, 174 (96 percent) were motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

The leading causes of fatal work zone crashes statewide – speeding and failure to stay in a single lane – are entirely preventable.

By law, drivers are required to move over or slow down when approaching work crews, emergency vehicles or tow trucks stopped on the roadside or shoulder with flashing blue or amber lights. Traffic fines in work zones double when workers are present and can cost up to $2,000.