Highway work zone safety pushed in Smyrna

You see the billboards on roads throughout the First state: slow down in highway construction zones.

Governor Jack Markell and other state officials are at the Smyrna rest area Friday for an observance of National Work Zone Awareness week.

The state is taking part in a nationally funded program to call attention to the fact that motorists are required to slow down in highway work zones. 

The worst year for work zone deaths was three years ago when three deaths occurred in 2006, one occurring when a motorist assistance patrol worker who was pulled over to assist a motorist was struck and killed by an inattentive driver.

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