Work Zone safety week begins
CHENANGO (WBNG) -- Work Zone Safety week started on Monday and Governor Andrew Cuomo's office is stepping up the support.
Cuomo's office announced an increased effort to support national work zone safety week.
Throughout the week, staff from the Thruway Authority and State Police will visit the thruways 27 service areas as well as three welcome centers.
They will be interacting with motorists, handing out educational materials on work zone safety and the move over law.
12 News spoke with the Broome County Highway Department about what they see when working on the roads.
They say many motorists drive distracted, disobey the flagger on the road, and drive faster than they should.
In an interview, Deputy Commissioner Sue Brown said that you should "Slow down, if there's a flagger there you should pay attention to what he is telling you because it can be a dangerous situation if not. Don't be distracted by using your cell phone or playing with the radio or anything like that because then you can't see what's going on."
The week serves as a reminder, "Drive like you work here" and show courtesy to those dedicated workers on the road.