Illinois leaders encourage drivers to put the phone down during work zone safety week

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Work Zone Safety Week in Illinois
It's National Work Zone Awareness Week and Illinois leaders urge drivers to put phones down as Chicago sees major construction projects.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois leaders encouraged the community to wear orange on Wednesday as part of Work Zone Safety Week.

Local leaders reminded drivers to take extra precautions on the roads to protect workers and emergency responders.

"Put [phones] down. You can't drive and text," said Mike Sturino, president and CEO of the Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association. "You can't drive and read your messages. You can't drive and watch a video. Just drive. Put it down."

Illinois State Police said they installed speeding cameras in some areas for extra safety.

It comes as three big construction projects are happening on the Kennedy Expressway, 294, and I-80.

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Those participating are encouraged to show support on social media by using the hashtags #NWZAW and #Orange4Safety.