MADISON (WKOW) -- Officials will highlight work zone safety the week of April 19th.
There are nearly 1,700 crashes in work zones that injure 850 and kill 14 each year in Wisconsin. Eleven hundred people died across the nation in work zone crashes.
"It only takes a moment of inattention or impatience to begin the series of events that lead to severe injuries or the loss of life," Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary Frank Busalacchi said. "That's why it's so important that whenever we see signs of work zones ahead that we slow down, put away the distractions, and stay alert to the conditions facing us through our windshields."
Governor Jim Doyle has proclaimed the week of April 19 - 23 as Work Zone Awareness Week in Wisconsin. It coincides with National Work Zone Awareness Week.