A bright orange snake is set up in Anthony to get drivers to be safe on the roadways, especially where crews are working.
The large rattlesnake at the Travel information center in Anthony, Texas was made in effort to raise work zone awareness.
April 11 to April 15 is recognized as National Work Zone Awareness Week.
"Everyone shares the responsibility for work zone safety. This year’s theme is “Work Zones are a sign to slow down.” Texas Department of Transportation officials stated in its news release.
Maintenance staff created the snake from orange barrels that had been hit.
The rattlesnake joins Safe-T-Rex and Work Zone Willy in reminding drivers of road safety.
In 2021, there were 777 traffic crashes in work zones, one which resulted in a death, and nine serious injuries in El Paso, according state road officials.
TxDOT is also reminds drivers of the Move Over/Slow Down law, which requires drivers to move over a lane or reduce their speed to 20 mph below the posted limit when they see flashing blue or amber lights on a TxDOT vehicle, emergency vehicle or tow truck stopped on the roadside. Not doing so can result in a fine of up to $2,000.
Tips for driving safely in a work zone:
- Slow down. Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes.
- Don’t tailgate. Keep a safe distance between you, the car ahead of you, the construction workers, and their equipment.
- Pay attention to signage
- Stay alert and minimize distractions. No phones, loud music, makeup, or food.
- Be patient and stay calm.
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