Work Zone Safety

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Georgia's DOT commissioner is catching the attention of many Peach State motorists. The commissioner has a unique approach at promoting work zone safety.

Harold Linnenkohl welcomed the stares and strange looks from passing motorists but continued his normal work day. The DOT commissioner is trying to send a memorable message to those passing by.

Harold says, "This coned area is to provide protection to the workers in this area. There's activities going on and I'm hoping they'll see just that."

The commissioner spent the day working hard to bring attention to the dangers highway workers face daily.

Scott Chambers, a highway worker, says, "You never really want to get comfortable with it because you always want to be aware of your situation and the environment around you."

And even though it might seem odd to see pencils, a calculator and computer set up on the side of the road, the commissioner say this isn't such an odd space for an office after all.

Harold adds, "What I've done is moved my office to the side of the road today to join in with the other thousands of highway workers that each day get up and go to their office. Their office is right next to the roadway."

Highway workers say it’s important for the traveling public to be alert and use caution when traveling through any highway work zone. After all, Lowndes County alone has more than 20 miles of highway work zones on I-75. Georgia DOT has had 54 people die in work zones since 1973.