TUSCUMBIA — As a part of National Work Zone Awareness week, the Alabama Department of Transportation is asking motorists to slow down in work zones.

The theme of the national observance is “Work Zone Safety: Everybody’s Responsibility.”

According to ALDOT statistics, in 2016 there were 2,960 work zone crashes in Alabama, resulting in 18 fatalities and 652 injuries.

This is a decrease compared to 2015, when there were 2,452 work zone crashes, resulting in 31 fatalities and 492 injuries.

In the United States, 765 people died in work zone crashes in 2016.

ALDOT officials encourages motorists to observe the week by slowing down in work zones, eliminating distractions and observing all signage.

“Motorists must slow down, watch out for highway workers and safely move over when passing work crews,” said ALDOT Director John Cooper.

tom.smith@timesdaily.com or 256-740-5757. Twitter @TD_TomSmith.

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