MoDOT kicked off National Work Zone Awareness Week, that runs April 7th through the 11th, with a demonstration of a new system to alert motorists approaching a highway work zone. LRAD, or Long Range Acoustic Device was tested last fall and Chris Redline, Assistant Director Engineer for MoDOT says there will be two of these devices on each of their striping trains by this summer.
The LRAD system is a loud sound emitting system that can penetrate even a well-insulated vehicle with the radio on, delivering an urgent message to anyone who has not moved out of the work zone lane to do so immediately.
This is what drivers will hear as they approach a work zone.
“This is about keeping MoDOT crews and our motorists safe,”said Redline. “The “Move Over Law” now includes MoDOT vechicles as well. We shouldn’t need a law for this. It should be common sense.”
Sgt. Collin Stosberg with the Missouri Highway Patrol pointed out that this week is meant to remind motorists of the need to drive safely in Highway Work Zones.
Preliminary 2013 statistics indicate eight people were killed and 626 people were injured in over 1700 traffic crashes in Missouri. According to the Highway Patrol, the top two contributing factors of traffic crashes are speed and inattention.