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September 04, 2009 12:00 AM
Laboring for a Safe Holiday
Donít Barrel Through Work Zones this Labor Day

JEFFERSON CITY - Labor Day is one of the busiest travel holidays of the year, and last year nine people did not make it home due to traffic crashes. The Missouri Department of Transportation urges all motorists to drive safely this holiday weekend.

"Although we usually limit the amount of work done on holidays due to the heavy traffic, drivers will still encounter some construction," says Don Hillis, MoDOT's director of System Management. "We can't stress enough how important it is to watch the signs, buckle up and pay attention while driving."

Over the 2008 Labor Day holiday in Missouri, nine people died and 368 were injured in more than 1,000 traffic crashes. Of those fatalities, five were killed in automobiles, trucks, vans, and motor homes (vehicles normally having safety restraint devices), and four of them were not using their safety belts.

Inattention, failing to yield, following too close and speeding were the most common causes of crashes during last year's holiday weekend, which runs from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight on Monday.

The public also is reminded that The Heat is On. Law enforcement agencies across the state are participating in High Enforcement Action Teams until Sept. 7. This cooperative effort has a mission of reducing the number of fatal and injury traffic crashes during the 70 most dangerous days of the year.

"Everyone loses in traffic crashes," Hillis said. "It only takes a second of inattention while driving to lead to a lifetime of regret and pain."

MoDOT offers several tips for safe travel this holiday weekend:

·        Buckle up- every trip, every time- safety belts save lives.

·        Don't drink and drive- impairment of any kind is dangerous. Designate a sober driver.

·        Don't speed- note the posted limits and adjust for weather and traffic conditions.

·        Pay attention and stay alert- dedicate your full attention to the roadway.

·        Obey traffic rules and signs- they are there to help you.

·        Plan your trip- determine your route before you leave.

·        Get plenty of rest before your trip- change drivers if you feel tired.

·        Be patient and courteous.

Motorists can find an online construction map at www.modot.org to identify where work zones are located and when improvements will take place. A customer survey, available on MoDOT's Web site at www.modot.org/workzones/comments.htm allows you to rate work zones and help MoDOT make improvements.

For more information about construction projects and work zones statewide, visit www.modot.org or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636).


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