TDOT Remembers Workers Killed in the Line of Duty
JACKSON, Tenn.– On Monday, the Tennessee Department of Transportation remembered workers killed in line of duty. “One mistake could end your life,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. Orange cones situated along Interstate 40 in Madison County represent the 109 TDOT workers killing in the line of duty since 1948. Schroer recognized their sacrifice on Monday. “That’s more than any department in the state, more than the Tennessee Highway Patrol,” he said. A TDOT employee from Crockett County named Scott Jones was killed last year. On Monday, Jones‘ daughter helped unveil a plaque bearing her father‘s name and the others lost in the line of duty. “We’d like Mr. Jones’ name to be the last one on the plaque,” Schroer said. Last year in Tennessee TDOT confirms 14 people died in work zone crashes, with 11 of those being drivers or vehicle passengers. “When you enter a work zone, you definitely need to pay attention,” Lt. Brad Wilbanks, with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, said. The THP urges drivers to slow down. “If we see you speeding in a work zone it’s not gonna be a warning,” said Wilbanks. “It’s not gone be understanding. We’re gone issue a citation.” Schroer asks drivers to exercise caution and be patient. “It’s scary to be standing out on an interstate and have people driving by at 50, 60, 70, 80 miles an hour,” he said. National Work Zone Awareness weeks runs from April 7-11.