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My Take - Driver Awareness

Last week may have been the Alabama DOT's  national work zone awareness week. However, as construction on Alabama roadways reaches its peak, we as drivers should be alert every day and ready to slow down at a moment's notice. Our daily commute becomes so familiar we often don't give our full attention to the road.  Last year, out of the 1,991 crashes in highway work zones in Alabama, there were 18 fatalities. In 2012, there were 2,232 work zone crashes with 23 fatalities. The national campaign's theme for 2014 is titled "A Costly Mistake." Motorists are asked to consider what hasty actions and speeding in work zones may cost, in terms of fines, jail time, or even injuries and lives. Pay attention on the roads. A life is far more valuable than saving time on a commute. For more information on the national campaign, visit the American Traffic Safety Services Association. I'm Vanessa Oubre,  that's "My Take" What's yours?

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