Public agencies, stakeholder groups, and victim-related organizations have done a tremendous job of providing awareness concerning the leading causes of distracted driving and its impacts. Citing the number of worker fatalities since 1976 and the examples of Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) employees being injured and killed by distracted drivers, Shawn D. Wilson, Secretary of LA DOTD, said there is more to be done to raise awareness concerning the job-related safety of LA DOTD employees.
DOTD recently introduced several safety enhancements, which include additional personnel on work crews to monitor traffic, the extension of work zones and the addition of impact-absorbing trailers that provide warning lights and flashing arrows. They are also changing their safety color patterns to include a vivid green. But those are not enough to fight distracted driving. Wilson is calling for everyone to join the cause of keeping Louisianans safe.