MoDot striping crews face narrow escapes
June 26, 2009
JEFFERSON CITY - MoDOT crews will be out improving Missouri roads throughout the summer months. Drivers have been asked to buckle up, watch for signs, slow down and stay alert when driving through work zones. MoDOT has reported that five MoDOT striping crews were involved in crashes and narrowly escaped injuries while painting lines on Missouri roads this spring. No MoDOT employees suffered serious injuries; however, the driver of a semi-truck was killed in one of the crashes.

Inattention, impairment, speeding, following too closely and texting while driving are all suspected as the causes of the crashes. Even though the striping crew trucks are equipped with TMAs - truck mounted attenuators at the rear bumper that are filled with a material designed to absorb the energy of a crash and provide a barrier of protection, they are still hit with major consequences. These striping crews avoided serious injuries by mere inches:

Between 2004 and 2008, 79 people were killed in work zones. Since 2000, 15 MoDOT employees have been killed in the line of duty. Hitting and injuring or killing a highway worker in Missouri could result in a fine up to $10,000 and loss of a driver's license for a year. Perhaps, the penalties aren't severe enough.

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