NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City officials on Tuesday unveiled nine camera-equipped trailers to be placed in highway work zones in an effort to deter and document reckless driving.
“These are going to encourage careful driving in and around work zones,” Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said during a news conference in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, as part of National Work Zone Awareness Week.
Among those attending the event was Arianna Antico, who was just 8 years old in 2005 when her father, Nicky, a highway construction worker, was killed by a hit-and-run driver in a Staten Island work zone. Her photo is now plastered on several DOT dump trucks as a reminder about the dangers of speeding through construction zones.
“We’re all guilty of it,” Arianna’s stepmom, Anna Marie Scuteri, told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond. “I was guilty of it, too. You really need to slow down. I wouldn’t want anyone to go through what we went through.”
In 2012, 16 road repairmen were killed in New York state, said Denise Richardson, managing director of the General Contractors Association of New York.
“So really, I urge all drivers, as you travel through a work zone, turn off the phone,” Richardson said. “Don’t text ever. And slow down.”
She added that drivers need to be aware that a road repairman is someone’s son, husband, brother or father.
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