by Macey Matthews
Westminster Graduate in Communications
Today, Senator Karen Mayne held a press conference to discuss anticipated increases in road construction throughout Utah. She announced the launch of the Work Zone Safety campaign to improve safety among motorists and road construction crews. The campaign is a cooperative effort of the Workers Compensation Fund of Utah, Local #3 Operating Engineers, Granite Construction, and the Utah Department of Transportation.
Utah work zone statistics reveal that in 2007, 870 people were injured in work zone accidents, and there were 9 fatalities. Since 2003, Utah has seen an increase in work zone fatalities, while other states such as Illinois, Arizona, and California have seen a decrease (these states have work zone safety campaigns). Senator Mayne and these public and private organizations are working together to change the trend.
At today’s press conference, Senator Mayne assisted the Workers Compensation Fund in giving the media a preview of what will be seen throughout Utah on billboards, radio, and television. Other speakers included Ray D. Pickup, WCF president and CEO, Dale Cox from Local #3 Operating Engineers, and Rich Thorne from the Association of General Contractors.
Senator Mayne expressed appreciation to the State Legislature for its support of transportation in the state of Utah and for its continued effort to make our highways safe.
AND…..just a little added bonus among the supporters behind Senator Mayne!