Recently, a fundamental safety conversation was held across the country as Maryland hosted the observance of National Work Zone Awareness Week to promote public awareness of work zone hazards, encourage motorists to drive cautiously through work zones and commemorate lives lost in work zone crashes. This year's message, "Work Zone Safety IS in YOUR Hands" resonates deeply with our family following the tragic death of our beloved husband and father in a work zone crash in Frederick on June 26, 2007. Rick, a veteran State Highway Administration employee, was clearing debris from a highway ramp when he was struck and killed by an inattentive driver.
Realizing Rick's death was entirely preventable, our family has passionately advocated for safer work zones to spare other families from similar tragedy. We initially joined this campaign to promote safer work environments for roadway workers and have been shocked to learn the lives of motorists and passengers are at greater risk in work zone crashes.
Work zone crashes often result from motorists' negligent actions ("SHA asks motorists to use caution around work zones following death in Pasadena," Jan. 11). Vehicles become deadly weapons when operated by inattentive, aggressive or reckless drivers, especially in work zones. When I see motorists drive through work zones without regard to their safety or the safety of others, I sincerely wish I could describe the profound loss our family continues to experience — all due to one driver's irresponsible actions. All motorists must heed this critical message of work zone safety and realize their careless actions hold the potential to irrevocably change many lives including their own!
I strongly urge all motorists to participate in this crucial safety conversation by spreading the message: "Work Zone Safety IS in YOUR Hands," to family and friends. Commit to safe driving in work zones by doing what you're supposed to do: stay alert, focus solely on driving and obey the speed limit so that everyone — workers, drivers and passengers — arrives home safely to their loved ones every time.
Laurie Moser, Middletown