St. Louis hosted the kick-off to national Work Zone Awareness Week Monday, which is a campaign to prevent driving accidents at road construction sites. Missouri is the first state to host the event outside of Washington D.C.
At a road construction site in St. Louis County, state and federal transportation officials honored the 130 Missouri road workers who have been killed on the job since 1932.
Monica Slatten, whose son died while working at a MoDOT work zone in 2008, says no law or penalty can ensure responsible driving.
“We as individuals have to take responsibility," she said. "[We must] have the self control to make the right decision and to put that phone down and decide it’s more important to keep my two eyes on the road than to get a hold of somebody on my telephone.”
The event comes just days after an area motorist was killed at a road construction site on Highway 270.