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Staying safe while driving in work zones

Posted: 7:01 PM, Aug 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-18 20:01:09-04

State Patrol reminds drivers to be cautious when traveling through work zones.

This comes after a highway crew was hit this morning.

Appleton Police said a contracted painting crew was painting lines on I-41 southbound near Ballard Road when a driver hit the crew at around 3:45 a.m.

Police said one of the workers and a passenger in the car were taken to the hospital. They said their injuries are non-life threatening. 

"We still have a ton of crashed involving work zones and workers on our highways," said Wisconsin State Trooper John Jones.

Authorities said the driver was intoxicated and taken to the Outagamie County Jail for a second offense Operating While Intoxicated Causing Injury.

"An impaired driver traveling by themselves on a nice road gets involved in crashes," said Trooper Jones.

He said the best way to keep highway workers, as well as yourself and other drivers safe is to remove all distractions inside the car and focus on what is happening outside.

"It takes, you know, three seconds or less to go the length of Lambeau Field, and with an average reaction time of almost a second, there's not a lot of room between you and something that happens in front," said Trooper Jones.

Distractions inside the car include eating, reading, putting on makeup, and using phones.

"We restrict the use of cell phones, texting, and any of that unless it's a hands-free device in those work zones. We want them to concentrate," said Trooper Jones. 

He said to stay aware of what is happening on the road and keep an eye out for workers and their equipment, as well as other drivers who might be stopping or slowing down.

He also reminded everyone to always wear a seatbelt.