Every spring, the Missouri Department of Transportation starts preparing for a busy summer
season of construction and maintenance work across the state.
As the season begins, MoDOT asks that you please watch out for highway workers as you travel. They spend their days working a short distance from fast-moving vehicles, and while they make every effort to work safely, they are counting on you to pay attention, slow down, and be careful as you pass by their work areas.
In 2012, Governor Jay Nixon and the Missouri General Assembly added MoDOT vehicles to the
“Move Over” law, which protects law enforcement and emergency response vehicles parked on the side of the road. This law requires motorists to slow down or change lanes when
approaching these vehicles, and now includes MoDOT vehicles parked with amber and white
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MoDOT wants every employee and all travelers to get home safe. Check out the Traveler Information Map any time you travel and find out what work zones you’ll encounter before you go.
In 2012, 9 people were killed in work zones, a decrease from 2011 when 11 people were killed.
There were 626 people injured in 2012 work zones, compared to 712 in 2011. This is a decrease of over 12 percent.
Between 2008 and 2012, 61 people were killed and 3,654 people were injured in Missouri work zones.
Since 2000, 16 MoDOT employees have been killed in the line of duty.
The top five contributing circumstances for work zone crashes in 2012 were following too closely, inattention, improper lane usage/change, failed to yield, and too fast for conditions -- in this order.
Your best defense in a work zone crash, or any crash, is a seat belt. In 2012, of the 824 traffic fatalities, 614 were vehicle occupant fatalities, and 70.9 percent of them were not wearing a seat belt.
Here are a few tools to help keep you safe and informed:
The Traveler Information Map lets you see active work zones before you get in your car so you can plan your trip accordingly.
Rate Our Work Zones – This form allows you to tell us how we can improve our work zones and keep traffic moving.
Multimedia – We use radio and internet advertising and our changeable message boards to remind travelers to be alert and drive safely in work zones.