(CBS DETROIT) — This week is National Work Zone Awareness Week and officials in Michigan are unveiling a memorial dedicated to a Metro Detroit construction worker who was killed while on the job.
Zach Morisette was killed nearly two years ago along Interstate 94 and Nine Mile Road in St. Clair Shores.READ MORE: What Is The Best Sunscreen For Me? Environmental Working Group Releases Annual Guide
The memorial, which is a picnic table with his face engraved on it, is meant to bring peace to those he worked with,
Michigan officials are warning drivers to slow down, follow work zone signs, and avoid distracted driving.READ MORE: Parole Denied For Don Miller Who Killed 4 Women In Lansing In The 1970s
According to the Michigan Department of Transportation, in 2020:
- 4,035 work zone crashes.
- 11 fatal work zone crashes.
- 14 work zone fatalities.
- 1,050 work zone injuries.
Officials say the highest number of work zone crashes happened when lanes are closed. Additionally, the second and third highest number of crashes happened when there is work on the shoulder and lane shifts.MORE NEWS: Michigan Court Seeks More From Whitmer About Abortion Ban Challenge
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