National “Work Zone Awareness” Week

Speaking with the people's lives who depend on you slowing down or moving over.

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)-  It’s the final day of National “Work Zone Awareness” Week  and with the start of a busy highway construction season, this year’s theme asked drivers to “Expect the Unexpected.

The law that requires drivers to move over and slow down for emergency vehicles is the same for tow truck drivers. The fine is $100 if you don’t.

Jeff Koch, of Koch’s Automotive said, “If you see the yellow lights on the side of the roadway just be aware of us. If you can pull over, but at least slow down you know.”  Koch said some 60 tow truck drivers die on the nation’s roads every year.

Police say many times drivers get in the zone and forget how fast they’re travelling, but it’s important to pay attention to signage because it could mean life or death for people working on the side of the road.

Deputy Greenfield Police Chief Mark Williams said one of his officers were hurt working on the side of the road. “I’ve seen it happen. I’ve seen we had an incident not too long ago when an officer was clipped by a mirror and it actually caught in his jacket and it actually dragged him down the road. So it is a very dangerous spot and we need motorists to pay attention.”  The officer that was clipped was out of work for a couple of weeks and the driver was charged with OUI. Yet the risk of inattentive drivers is something many workers constantly look over their shoulders for.

“At the end of the day we want to go home to our families too you know. Just slow down, be careful that’s all we can ask for,” Jeff Koch said.

Massachusetts will be focusing on April as Work Zone Safety Awareness Month.

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