• TDOT kicks off Work Zone Awareness week

    By: Leah Beth Bolton

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    This week is the Tennessee Department of Transportation's Work Zone Awareness week.

    The campaign aims to protect TDOT workers while they're on the job ahead of construction season. The Dept. says they've lost 112 workers while on the job. Three of those workers were killed in the line of duty last year.

    David Younger was killed in April 2016 while working on side of I-40 in Hickman County. James "Pee Wee" Hopkins died while flagging traffic in July 2016 in Crockett County. And James "JR" Rogers was helping someone change a flat in Nashville when he was tragically killed in December 2016. 

    As always, drivers are encouraged to reduce their speeds while in work and construction zones, focus on the road with no texting and driving and obey the "Move Over Law."

    The law, which was established in 2006, requires "motorists to move over into the adjacent lane of traffic, when safe to do so, or alternatively to slow down for emergency vehicles," according to TDOT. Those who do not obey the law can face up to a $500 fine and 30 days in jail.

    Tuesday and Wednesday night, the Big River Crossing on the Harahan Bridge will be lit orange in honor of Work Zone Awareness. 

    Follow FOX13's Traffic Reporter Leah Beth Bolton on Twitter for the latest accidents and alternate routes. FOX13's Good Morning Memphis has weather and traffic every 10 minutes. WATCH HERE. 

     

     

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