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For immediate release: April 16, 2013
Contact: Richard Keane, (716) 635-6212

‘We’re all in this together’

New York State Thruway Authority Executive Director Thomas J. Madison kicked off National Work Zone Awareness Week by reminding motorists to use caution when driving through work zones, and to move over when approaching construction vehicles with flashing amber lights.

“Twenty-twelve was the safest year in the Thruway’s history and we are fully committed to surpassing that goal in 2013,” said Madison. “Work zones can be some of the most dangerous places on the road and it is up to all of us, motorists and workers alike, to take the proper steps to prevent accidents and injuries.”

National Work Zone Awareness Week began Monday, April 15 and runs through Friday April 19, with the 2013 theme being “We’re all in this together.” The public outreach campaign will highlight the complexities of work zones, especially in urban areas, and the need for awareness and planning by everyone affected by work zones on New York’s roads including motorists, maintenance workers, or emergency responders.

Since 2011, the Thruway has seen a ten percent reduction in the number of work zone accidents. Additionally, the number of injuries in those accidents was reduced by one-third.


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