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For immediate release: April 7, 2014
Contact: Colin Brennan (518) 471-5300

THRUWAY AUTHORITY, TROOP T ANNOUNCE
NATIONAL WORK ZONE AWARENESS WEEK APRIL 7-11

New York State Thruway Authority and New York State Police Troop T 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.

“The past few years have been among the safest in the Thruway’s history and we are committed to continuing that trend in 2014,” said New York State Thruway Authority Executive Director Thomas J. Madison. “With the inherent dangers that exist in work zones, it is the responsibility of motorists to slow down and drive with extra care to prevent accidents and injuries.”

"As construction season ramps up across New York, the State Police ask all drivers to watch their speed, especially in work zones,” said New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D'Amico. “Our Troopers work hard every day to keep our roadways safe - not only for the people who drive them, but also for those who work on them. We encourage all drivers to stay alert, slow down, and put your electronic devices away."

National Work Zone Awareness Week begins Monday, April 7 and runs through Friday April 11, with the 2014 theme being “Work Zone Speed: A Costly Mistake.”

In 2013, there were 130 work zone accidents on the Thruway, down from 242 in 2012.

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