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MDOT releases 2011 crash data and promotes safety during National Work Zone Awareness Week

Contact: Bob Felt, MDOT Office of Communications,
Agency: Transportation

 April 23, 2012 -- While the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities in road construction work zone crashes in Michigan were down from the year before, 2011 statistics released today by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) indicate that workers, motorists and their passengers are still at risk.

Last year, there were 4,633 crashes, 1,312 injuries, and 18 fatalities in Michigan work zones - down from 2010's statistics: 5,632 crashes, 1,488 injuries, and 23 fatalities.

"While this data suggests some improvement over 2010, drivers must remain focused at all times when they get behind the wheel," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. "Many of these crashes are avoidable and the life you save could be your own."

MDOT's 2012 public awareness campaign will include a 60-second public service announcement (PSA) on Michigan Radio Network affiliate stations throughout the state.

"We join other transportation agencies this week to raise awareness and promote our safety message: by eliminating distractions, our roads become a safer place," stated Steudle.

National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 23-27, is observed across the country. For more information, visit

For a detailed chart on MDOT's work zone crash statistics and to hear the PSA, visit

Don't Barrel Through Work Zones! - Drive Smart to Stay Alive.

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