2 Ways MODOT Is Working to Stop Construction Zone Accidents
Spring has finally arrived in Missouri and for the state’s Department of Transportation (MODOT), that means it’s time to begin breaking ground on new highway construction and maintenance projects; however, an increase in the volume of work on the state’s roadways also raises the chances of collisions between motor vehicles and workers or equipment.
MODOT data indicates that in 2013 alone, a total of eight fatalities were caused by Missouri car accidents that occurred in construction zones—an increase from the seven deaths recorded the previous year. This was in addition to 38 construction zone auto accident fatalities recorded between 2009 and 2011. Another 2,781 individuals were injured int work zone crashes.
These numbers leave many citizens wondering what is being done to keep motorists and workers safe in construction zones. While traditional safety campaigns are being launched, MODOT is also considering use of a new safety device.
The agency is considering the use of the L-RAD, or Long Range Acoustical Device, which blasts a safety message in construction zones that can pass through a moving vehicle’s windshield and be audible to the driver and passengers. The system is currently in use in Kansas City and will be utilized in St. Louis if the pilot program is a success.
The St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyers with Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers are excited to see technology being used to improve construction zone safety and are hopeful the program is a success!