The Arkansas Highway Commission and the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) are urging a unified effort between citizens and workers to increase work zone safety following two ARDOT employee deaths in work zones in a matter of weeks.
“On behalf of the Arkansas Highway Commission, we are deeply saddened and concerned by the alarming rise in work zone crashes, injuries and deaths in Arkansas – especially the two most recent deaths in the past month,” Commission Chairman Robert S. Moore, Jr., said. “Our hearts go out to the families whose loved ones went to work one day and never made it home.”
In Fall 2021, ARDOT began development of a statewide work zone safety campaign. On Feb. 2, 2022, ARDOT and industry stakeholders, together with the Arkansas State Police and the Arkansas Highway Police, will roll out this campaign that includes a statewide increased enforcement of reckless and distracted driving laws in work zones.
ARDOT is conducting a thorough review of the incidents to make sure crews are following all the proper safety protocols in work zones. The department is also asking citizens to help by practicing safe driving through work zones.
“We are urging Arkansans to do their part: slow down in work zones, stay off the phone and pay attention,” ARDOT Director Lorie Tudor said. “It’s going to take all of us working together to reverse this concerning trend.”
ARDOT News Release
January 21, 2022