LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - The Texas Department of Transportation is drawing attention to safety of work zones with their 'Be Safe, Drive Smart' campaign.
Juan Rodriguez has been working as a heavy equipment operator for the city of Laredo for two years. He wants to go home safe at night, just like everyone else.
"We are trying to fix the roads, make it more accessible for people, motorists. There needs to be more done for workers safety."
Rodriguez was shocked to hear over three-thousand serious injuries and 115 deaths occurred in work zones last year alone. TxDOT is drawing attention to the problem by making this week 'Work Zone Awareness Week.' Drivers can help reduce the number of accidents by slowing down and changing lanes to give the workers more room. Another thing drivers can do is when they get behind the wheel, put away their cell phones, so they can focus on what's ahead.
"When they do that, that's a driver responsibility to do their best to look out for either the other driver or people working in the work zone."
For workers like Rodriguez, the more alert the driver, the better your safety, and theirs.
"Just keep an eye out for us. Like the signs say, give us a brake."
Drivers who fail to slow down or move over when approaching work zones can face fines of up to $2,000.