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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: 217-782-6953
March 1, 2004
TTY: 217-524-4875
 
FAX: 217-782-8714

SPRINGFIELD-- The Illinois Department of Transportation; in conjunction with the American Traffic Safety Services Association and the Virginia Department of Transportation, has developed a Drivers Education Work Zone Awareness Program.

“With the continuing increase of work zone fatalities over the past few years, we felt it was important that our younger/inexperienced drivers be made aware of the dangers associated with driving though a work zone,” stated Secretary of Transportation, Tim Martin.

In 2003, 42 people were killed in work zones. Of those fatalities, 35 were motorists, which reiterates the importance being aware of potential work zone hazards, being able to identify the work zone and traffic control devices and most importantly having the basic knowledge to proceed safely in work zones.

The program consists of a 90 minute presentation including a CD-ROM with a PowerPoint presentation, handout materials, the Pact- student agreement and completion certificate.

This awareness program was designed with the student in mind with scenarios and information for today's young adult.

A copy of this program is being sent to all facilities that have a drivers' education program. IDOT staff is available to discuss the program with instructors, teachers and facilitators.

Secretary Martin added that “we consider this a very worthwhile tool in educating high school students and would like to see it incorporated into all drivers' education programs statewide.”

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