Beware of Cone Zones

Today the Colorado State Patrol and Colorado Department of Transportation announced a new campaign — Slow for the Cone Zone. The campaign is aimed at reducing the number of speeding incidents in construction zones.

Last year, troopers stopped more than 3,000 drivers for various infractions around construction zones and gave about 2,000 tickets. “Slow down, stay alert, get off the cell phone and turn down the radio,” warns Colorado State Patrol Chief Mark Trostel. In 2004, 1,906 crashes happened in work zones, causing 768 injuries and 14 deaths.

The message is — go slow and be safe!

Update: Just as this blogger finished her post, the Denver Post reports that a pick-up driver died this morning when he rear-ended a semi-truck in a cone zone. The crash occurred on U.S. 34 near Wiggins in Weld County at about 9:00 am. The driver’s identity has not yet been released.