On August 19, Governor Cuomo announced a new video public service announcement to remind motorists to drive safely in construction zones. The PSA comes after a maintenance worker for New York State DOT, Gary Farrell, was hit by a vehicle and killed while flagging traffic in a work zone.
“Motorists should always exercise extra caution when traveling in work zones – and today we’re amplifying that message to ensure the safety of New Yorkers both behind the wheel and on the job,” Governor Cuomo said. “Sharing the story of Gary Farrell is an important way to remind New Yorkers to remain alert and careful when driving through work areas. My heart goes out to Gary’s family for their loss, and it is my hope that together we can make the roads safer for all.”
Last year alone there were 525 accidents in work zones, resulting in 2 fatalities and 149 injuries. NYSDOT advises motorists to slow down and follow the simple rules to keep our workers safe. In New York State, fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. Convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.
Gary Farrell, of Oneida County, was just 48 in November 2009 when he was struck and killed while working on a NYSDOT maintenance job. He left behind his wife of 14 years and three children.