Drivers encouraged to slow down in construction zones
POSTED: Friday, July 12, 2013 - 6:58am
UPDATED: Friday, July 12, 2013 - 5:11pm
EL PASO (KTSM) — The Texas Department of Transportation said when you see the flashing signs and cones; you should slow down and be alert. It's sending out this warning as part of a year-long campaign, but also because sadly one of their workers was recently killed on the job.
"There's a lot of construction throughout El Paso and when you go through a construction area, drive safely, slow down and be aware of your surroundings," said Blanca Del Valle with TxDOT.
You may have noticed the electronic signs along our highways, reminding drivers to slow down in work zones and in the next few months, construction crews will start using new automated flaggers and rumble stripes to warn drivers.
This effort started as TxDOT was still grieving a loss of its own.
A driver hit and killed 41-year-old Ciro Lozano as he was working on U.S. 54 and the Fred Wilson exit ramp on June 25.
Police said the driver; Alberto Garcia kept driving, but was later arrested and charged with Lozano's death.
TxDOT wants to make sure this does not happen again to another innocent person just trying to do their job.
"These are all workers who have families and it's important, their working in their area just like we work in our area," said Del Valle. "They don't have protection so be aware, move to the side and let's not cause any further crashes."
We reached out to the El Paso Police Department and it said if drivers are caught speeding or violating other laws in work zones, they do face more severe penalties.