- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Department of Transportation is urging motorists to hit the brakes and give road construction workers a break.

DOT is joining the Federal Highway Administration and other groups this week in observing National Work Zone Awareness Week.

Secretary of Transportation Janet Oakley is urging motorists to slow down and observe speed limits and signs in work zones. She says that, with the return of warmer weather, there will be more construction work on highways across the state in the coming months.

Nationally, someone dies in a work zone accident every 15 hours, and 85 percent of those fatalities are drivers and passengers in vehicles.

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