AAA officials: Roads still dangerous despite less traffic due to construction
AAA officials are warning that despite fewer cars on the road due to the coronavirus pandemic, 14 people have died in one week near construction sites in separate accidents.
The AAA Northeast says that with less traffic, road crews are taking advantage and trying to get work done on streets. The work zones change the road and bring flashing lights, traffic cones and heavy machinery.
AAA says drivers and passengers, not construction workers, make up the most deaths.
In 2018, it says 83% of people who died in work zones were not part of road crews. Experts say 25% of the crashes were caused by speeding.
AAA recommends to check for planned work zones before making a trip, slow down near construction, follow posted speed limits which tend to be slower in those areas and make sure to stay alert and not be distracted while driving.