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April 4 Evening Newscast: Highway work-zone accidents, deaths on the rise in Texas

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Lindsey Wiley
Texas A&M University-Commerce

State data show deaths in work zones increased by about 33 percent from 2020 to 2021.

  • With the warmer months on the way, the usual increase in street and highway projects across Texas is coming, too. The Texas Department of Transportation said today that fatal accidents in work zone are on the rise. Last year, 244 people died in work zone crashes in Texas, that’s up 33 percent from the year before. Of those who died, most were drivers or passengers, but pedestrians, bicyclists and construction workers were also killed. Speeding, driver inattention and tailgating are problems in work zones. Most crashes in those areas were rear-end collisions.
  • In addition to work zone issues, TxDOT officials are also encouraging awareness of the state’s Move Over, Slow Down law. This law requires drivers to move over a lane or reduce their speed to 20 mph below the posted speed limit when approaching a work vehicle along the roadside with flashing lights. This law applies to drivers passing law enforcement vehicles, EMS or other emergency vehicles, TxDOT vehicles, tow trucks or utility trucks with flashing lights.
  • Showers and thunderstorms are headed into Northeast Texas late tonight. Some storms could be strong to severe. Hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are all possible. In contrast to last week’s fast moving storm front, tonight’s thunderstorms are expected to arrive in a slow-moving front. The National Weather Service advises that thunderstorms might not reach our part of the state until around or after midnight.