“Work Zone Awareness Week” starts today, follows work zone death last month

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UPDATE:  At this time there have been no charges filed against the driver in the death of Clay Crutcher.  Mobile’s Police Chief says their crash investigator is still looking into it and the case will be presented to a Mobile County Grand Jury.

“I don’t know enough about the case to interject at this point but the facts will speak for themselves,” said Police Chief Lawrence Battiste following the news conference.  

ORIGINAL STORY

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — ALDOT officials kick off a week to remind people to “drive like you work here.”  Today they will hold a news conference to kick-off “Work Zone Awareness Week.”  That starts at 9 this morning at ALDOT’s office on the Beltline.

The news conference comes less than a month since a construction worker Clay Crutcher was hit and killed in a work zone by a van owned by Bishop State.  No charges have been filed in that case.  They want people to slow down in work zones to keep themselves safe and ensure the safety of the people working on road projects.  

Here’s a news release on today’s event:

Please join us Monday, April 8th at 9:00 AM at Alabama Department of Transportation’s Office in Mobile, as the Alabama Department of Transportation, AlabamaAGC, AGC’s Construction Leadership Council, Mobile and Baldwin County Road Builders Associations, and the Alabama Struck-By Alliance kick off Work Zone Awareness Week with a press conference to bring attention to the need for safe driving through work zones. “Drive Like YOU Work Here” is this year’s theme..

Each year the Alabama Struck-By Alliance, made up of approximately 20 organizations from around the state, reaches out to the public through an awareness campaign asking them to slow down and pay attention when entering a Work Zone.

Last month, in Mobile, AL John G. Walton Construction Co., Inc. experienced a tragic work zone death of one of their employees, Clay Crutcher. This tragedy brings up the importance of work zone safety and the need to bring awareness to motorists to SLOW DOWN and pay attention when driving through a work zone.

This is the second tragic work zone death John G. Walton Construction Co., Inc. has experienced in less than 4 years. Owner John G. Walton lost his son to a work zone death in 2015. Marshall Walton was only 25 years old. Following Marshall’s death, Johnny & Kathy Walton began a campaign to reinstate the vehicular homicide statute in the State of Alabama. With the help of Senator Trip Pittman, Representative Chris Pringle, AGC Lobbyist Chris Williams, and the District Attorneys’ Association along with many friends in the industry the Walton’s worked hard to get a new version of the law passed. After two years the “Marshall James Walton Worker Safety Act” was passed and signed into Law in April 2017 by Governor Ivey. The law makes Vehicular Homicide a Class C Felony and is punishable by one to nine years in prison based on the severity of the crime.

What will it take to get the public to slow down and pay attention when driving through a work zone?

There will be several coordinated events and press conferences during Work Zone Awareness Week throughout the state, in addition to Monday’s Press Conference in Mobile. Tuesday, April 9th we are asking as many people as possible to attend the Mobile City Council Meeting wearing safety vests/t-shirts to show their support for those who have lost their lives in work zones.

Wednesday, April 10th has been designated as “Wear Orange Day” in honor of those who have lost their lives in Work Zones. We are asking members of all of our organizations to have their employees wear their safety vests or t-shirts to work on Wednesday! Also as part of this effort, the RSA towers in Mobile and Montgomery will be lit up in Orange on Wednesday evening. We are encouraging our members to host a Safety Stand Down, Tool Box Talk, or Safety Meeting anytime during the week to make their employees aware of the importance of driving safely and undistracted through work zones by providing them with a power point presentation http://theconstructioncenter.org/struck-by-alliance-alabama/

Each year we track the number of employees from Alabama who participate in this national event by asking them to register their stand down information to us: http://theconstructioncenter.org/struck-by-alliance-alabama/ Last year over 100,000 people were touched during the awareness campaign.

We hope you will make an effort to join us for this Press Conference on Monday, April 8th at 9:00 AM at ALDOT’s office. Please help us get our message out to as many people as possible about the dangers of driving through work zones.

Please visit our Facebook page: and Share the Information on Work Zone Safety to as many of your friends as possible.

Perhaps a life can be saved if Everybody takes a Stand for Work Zone Safety!

Whether you are driving through a work zone or working in one, REMEMBER “WORK ZONE SAFETY IS EVERYBODY’S RESPONSIBILITY”. Drive like YOU Work there!
 

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