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NY Department of Transportation Wants Drivers To Be Safe In Work Zones

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The New York State Department of Transportation wants drivers to be aware when they see vehicles with red or amber lights parked on the side of the road.

The announcement comes after National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week, held from April 15-19.

This year, the agency’s theme is “Safer Driving. Safer Work Zones. For Everyone.” Officials with the DOT say the goal is for drivers to be more careful when driving through construction or maintenance work zones.

In 2011, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the “Move Over Act,” requiring drivers to move lanes and slow down when emergency, towing or construction vehicles are pulled over.

Last year alone, more than 500 incidents occurred in work zones, resulting in more than 130 injuries and nearly 20 deaths.

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