And with the summer heat comes road construction projects.
Dozens of them-- going on all over the state right now.
And the state department of transportation, along with local construction workers, are reminding drivers to obey the rules of the road in construction zones.
Gabriella bachara reports.
(pkg) <travis giese/ project manager, hoffman construction> "we're out here just trying to get our work done, and it's not always the most easiest to do, it's not always the most pleasant conditions to do it in, but we're out here."
It's something they see everyday... <travis giese/ project manager, hoffman construction> "i've been in the construction industry a long time, so i've seen a lot of things."
Drivers going too fast... <travis giese/ project manager, hoffman construction> "it goes from people going 90 miles per hour to people going 40 miles per hour.
We really appreciate the ones going 40."
Or drivers on cell phones.
<travis giese/ project manager, hoffman construction> "you'd be suprised how many times you see people on their phones or texting or playing with the radio or something when they are within feet of you going 60 miles per hour."
Handheld devices are prohibited and fines are doubled according to wisconsin law.
<travis giese/ project manager, hoffman construction> "there's a reason why we don't want distracted drivers out there because things change."
<steve theisen/communcatio ns manager widot> "motorists should really just focus on the road ahead.
Rear end colitions are one of the most common crashes in work zones across the state and country."
Over four thousand work zone crashes occured from tailgating according to the wisconsin department of transportation.
<steve theisen/communcatio ns manager widot> "we want to make sure that motorists plan ahead, be alert and eliminate distractions while driving."
Wisconsin d-o-t says following these rules not only keep drivers safe... but also the workers just doing their jobs.
<travis giese/ project manager, hoffman construction> "we are out there everyday trying to get the roads built.
We have families.
We want to go home to them just like everybody else.
We just ask you to pay attention to the ad.
Please don't use your cell phones.
Pay attention to the signs... the warnings that are out there directing traffic and giving you a heads up of the change of conditions and just slow down.
" im gabriella bachara... news 3 now.
Dane county sheriff david mahoney also wants to remind drivers to respect the rules of the road in the work zone.
He says it's important to protect the safety of the construction workers and the
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