East TX –A construction worker is speaking out after he was hit by a vehicle while on the job. He says sometimes the only thing standing between a construction worker and 40 tons of metal moving 70 miles an hour, is a line of bright orange cones.
Local ABC affiliate, KLTV, covered the story where Jeff Williams. a crew leader explained the dangers of working on the highways and what you can do to avoid a potentially fatal accident.
Williams was clipped in both knees after a driver completely disregarded the extensive amount of “Road work area” signs that are posted on Interstate 20. He says, “the public fusses when we don’t go out there and fix the road, but they fuss when we are out there on the roads.”
Williams said his safety training can only do so much because simply being aware of your surroundings is a matter of life and death.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), has reported 361 accidents in the Tyler district in the past year alone; 10 of those were fatal.
Sgt. Jean Dark, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said, “It’s important that people really pay attention, even more so than fines or being stopped by the police, there’s a potential for traffic crashes to happen.”
DPS says when a worker is present at a construction site, the fine of a speeding ticket doubles. Law enforcement officers hope that drivers will finally realize that these men and women in orange have families to drive home to as well.