AGC Contractors Supported the 6th Annual Work Zone Awareness Week
With more than 1,000 fatalities in highway construction work zones annually, AGC again participated in National Work Zone Awareness Week to raise awareness of work zone dangers among motorists and the general public.
AGC's Highway and Transportation Division Chairman Norm Walton joined Representatives Thomas Petri (R-Wis.) and Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.), Marlyand's Lieutenant Governor, Federal Highway Administration's Deputy Administrator and other key officials at the Wilson Bridge reconstruction project on the Washington D.C. Beltway to bring attention to work zone dangers.
This year’s theme, “Slow Down or Pay Up,” targets motorists with the goal to save lives through monetary penalties. Many states have doubled and tripled fines for speeding violations in work zones because of the extreme dangers to workers and motorists caused by excessive speed. Many state police agencies will be stepping up enforcement activities over the next several months in an effort to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities. AGC chapters also worked with their Department of Transportations and local officials to stage events highlighting the problem. One of AGC's legislative priorities in TEA-21 reauthorization is to make funds available to increase law enforcement presence to encourage motorists to reduce their speed in highway construction work zones. Chairman Walton used the opportunity to discuss this issue with these key legislators.
Pictured above from left, Norman Walton, a highway contractor from Mobile, Ala., and chairman of AGC’s Highway and Transportation Division speaks with Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.), ranking Democrat on the House Transportation Committee.
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