Minn.-Minnesota Department of Transportation employees will
gather statewide on April 28, Worker Memorial Day to honor
their colleagues who were injured or killed in the line
observance salutes the 28 Mn/DOT employees and eight State
Patrol officers who died in work-related incidents. State
officials will urge motorists to use extra caution to ensure
their own as well as highway workers' safety.
the period between 1990 and 2002, an average of 12 motorists
died each year in Minnesota due to work-zone related crashes.
Each year, there was an average of 743 injury-related crashes.
2002 (the latest year that data are available), 18 motorists
died in work zone crashes; 64 people were severely injured.
Analysis of the crashes that resulted in death or severe
injury shows that more than half were caused by driver inattention
or excessive speed.
haven't had a traffic-related work zone fatality involving
a Mn/DOT employee since 1989," said Bob Winter, District
Operations Division director, who manages Mn/DOT's construction
and maintenance activities statewide. "We have had,
however, thousands of crashes, most of them avoidable, which
have caused death or serious injuries to hundreds of motorists
traveling through our work zones."