DETROIT - The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is warning drivers about road construction zone injuries and deaths.
MDOT said there were 4,908 work zone crashes in 2016, killing 17 people. That's up from 15 people killed in work zone crashes in 2015.
The transportation department is reminding drivers work zone safety is "in your hands" as Monday is the start of National Work Zone Awareness Week.
Preliminary 2016 Michigan work zone crash information shows increases from 2015 numbers:
17 fatalities (up from 15 in 2015)
75 serious injuries (up from 69 in 2015)
4,908 total crashes (up from 4,776 in 2015)
"The faces of people who are represented by these crash statistics could be any one of us," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. "Each one of those numbers represents a person who left behind parents, siblings, children, and friends who were devastated by their loss. We all need to work together to bring these numbers down with the ultimate goal of zero deaths on our roadways."
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