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Police Urge Caution Around Road Work Crews 11-03-00
HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
TRAFFIC SERVICES SECTION
ACTING LIEUTENANT RANDY K. APELE
NOVEMBER 3, 2000
Police are advising motorists to drive with extra caution as work crews are out repairing damages caused by the recent storm.
Both public and private work crews are out in numbers repairing state and county roads and bridges, acting Lieutenant Randy Apele of the Traffic Services Section said. And he urged motorists to drive with extra patience and caution as the work proceeds.
During roadway construction, work zones can be dangerous for both construction workers and motorists, Apele noted, adding that a recent statewide survey showed that one of every six Hawaii residents knows a family member or friend who was almost hit by a vehicle while working in a roadway work zone.
He said the state has more than 150 injuries a year in construction-related accidents and averages one fatality every year.
“The most serious injuries to construction workers are usually from being struck by speeding vehicles,” he said.
“It’s important to pay attention to speed limits posted during road construction. The speed limits are designed to provide maximum protection in coned-off work zones.”
Apele said, “Even a small miscalculation can result in an accident that can seriously injure or kill a construction worker. So it’s important to remember to slow down when you enter a work zone and let the work crews do their job.”
Apele offered the following tips to make roadway work zones safer:
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