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Work zone safety awareness week

Posted Monday, April 7, 2014 --- 6:15 p.m.

When driving through a work zone, most drivers just want to get past the construction and traffic, and get out as quickly as possible, but slowing down and paying attention can save a lot of lives. That's why Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed this work zone safety week.

Nine people dead last year and hundreds hurt after work zone car crashes. Today we caught up workers at the Mineral Point construction project who say it can be scary.

"I worry about all the guys out here."

Ben Tejada is out on site everyday.

"With all the traffic switches, the lane switches and all that kind of stuff, new people coming through the zone, it definitely keeps you on your toes."

Working with Lunda Construction, he says it's not just cranes, tractors and heavy equipment that scares him...It's the drivers.

"Definitely scary dealing with traffic."

Ben says he doesn't have much faith drivers will be watching out for them, so it's their job to make sure they don't get hit.

"Not trusting whoever is driving you have to pay attention whenever you're' out there."

A big factor Ben says, can be cell phones.

"When you're coming through job sites, put the phone on hold."

This year a bipartisan bill was introduced that would ban cell phone use in work zones, but lawmakers went home before voting that bill into law. Ben says the awareness week is a start but a ban in work zones would really help.

"It's a very hard job to do for all these guys out here, it's very physically demanding and pretty stressful especially when you get into situations where you're working next to traffic."

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