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Drive carefully, obey signs in work zones

Staff Report • Aug 5, 2013 at 8:26 AM

As you can tell by all the orange cones and “detour” signs around Johnson City, there are a number of street improvement, storm sewer and utility construction projects underway. This work can be dangerous for construction crews and for motorists who fail to follow the rules of work zone safety.Here’s some simple advice for drivers to follow whenever they see a “work zone” sign by the highway: Slow down.Each year, more than 1,100 Americans are killed in work zone accidents. These accidents are caused by drivers who speed or fail to yield the right of way. Often, these motorists simply failed to abide by the rules of the work zone.The Tennessee Department of Transportation recommends when drivers see the first sign advising them they are approaching a work zone, they begin merging into the appropriate lane as safely as possible. Do not try to gain position by speeding ahead in the opposite lane. It’s discourteous to other drivers and creates congestion and delays. Drivers should get in line with other vehicles in the appropriate lane. Stay in single file until you are safely through the work zone.For information regarding highway projects going on in specific areas of the state, check out TDOT’s website at www.tdot.state.tn.us/projects.

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