ALBANY - State officials are reminding the public to drive safely in highway construction work zones.
A public service announcement will air this week and features the wife and family of Gary Farrell, a maintenance worker for the state Department of Transportation, who was hit by a vehicle and killed while flagging traffic in a work zone.
"Motorists should always exercise extra caution when traveling in work zones - and today we're amplifying that message to ensure the safety of New Yorkers both behind the wheel and on the job," said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "Sharing the story of Gary Farrell is an important way to remind New Yorkers to remain alert and careful when driving through work areas. My heart goes out to Gary's family for their loss, and it is my hope that together we can make the roads safer for all."
Last year, there were 525 accidents in work zones, resulting in two fatalities and 149 injuries. Transportation Department officials advise motorists to follow simple rules in order to ensure safety in work zones, including slowing down, obeying signs and being alert and cautious while driving through them. In New York state, fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual's driver's license.