Safety Council Reminding Drivers To Be Cautious In Work Zones

By Julia Bertino

April 10, 2018

The Nebraska Safety Council is reminding drivers to use caution in work zones. 

Work zone crashes have risen by 75 percent since 2011, according to the council, and now they are making sure drivers know the law. 

The law is simple, move over and slow down for stopped emergency vehicles or roadside crews.

Six months ago, two construction workers in Lincoln were hit by cars in a three-day span and an Omaha road worker was hit and killed last year. According to the Emergency Responder Safety Institute, one in 50 tow truck operators die on the job.

The state will be putting up signs this summer to remind drivers to put their phones down, especially in work zones. The Nebraska Safety Council said move over or slow down if you see vehicles stopped on the side of the road including police, ambulances, tow trucks or construction vehicles.

(Photo courtesy of 6 News)

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