With construction season revving up, transportation officials remind motorists to drive safely past work zones.
Laurie Moser's life changed the day in 2007 when her husband, Maryland State Highway Administration team leader Rick Moser, was killed while in a work zone. He was clearing debris near I-70 in Frederick when he was hit by a truck driver not paying attention.
"You know at any given moment of any day something can bring that back,” his wife said. “For example, tomorrow is my daughter’s birthday and so it will be a day where her father will be missed."
Transportation leaders want motorists to think of workers by the side of the road as real people – fathers and mothers, husbands and wives, sons and daughters – when driving through work zones.
Last year four workers and four drivers were killed in Maryland work zones. They were remembered at an event Thursday with black bands around construction cones.
Just one death is too many, said Melinda Peters of the State Highway Administration.
“It is completely unacceptable and completely preventable if people would slow down and pay attention," she said.