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Authorities say Crashes in Work Zones Way Up

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The Nevada Highway Patrol reports there were more than 1,000 crashes in Nevada road work zones last year.

Thor Dyson is the District Engineer for the Nevada Department of Transportation. He said that is far too many crashes and many of them are caused because drivers aren't paying attention.

"A lot of times, myself included, we get involved with what's happening in the work zone. You know, the workers are lifting up a piece of equipment or are constructing something and it's easy to get distracted."

This week is National Work Zone Awareness Week, which is why you are being reminded to be careful in construction zones.

Trooper Chuck Allen of the Nevada Highway Patrol said you should always obey the advisory speed limit on the signs in construction zones. He also said far too many people wait to slow down and pay attention. He said start thinking about what might be coming as soon as you see "work zone" or "construction ahead" signs."

Allen said Nevada law concerning driver penalties in work zones was revised several years ago and it pays to listen up.

"The penalty, both monetarily and demerit points on your license, can be doubled, even when workers are not present. So, as long as it's an active construction zone, 24-7, those fines can still be applicable if you are caught violating any of those laws."

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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