Stay vigilant to keep road work zones safe

ISHPEMING — National Work Zone Awareness Week continues and for good reason.

Even though major construction sites can be easy to recognize, there are other road repair areas that may not be. Watchful, vigilant driving practices are still key when driving near mobile maintenance zones.

“When the worker sees the driver slow down and acknowledge their presence, it puts them a little more at ease,” said Marquette County Road Commission Engineer Manager Jim Iwanicki, “and helps them, and reassures them that this person is paying attention.”

Even though most drivers know they should pay attention to the road at all times, it’s crucial to not become complacent.

“It’s the little things, like if you drop something in the car; don’t reach down to pick it up. Wait until you get to a complete stop. Stay off of the cell-phone, don’t be doing personal hygiene as you’re driving,” Iwanicki said. “Those things are what we really find are important.”

Click here to learn more about National Work Zone Awareness Week.

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Caleb M. Scanlon is a reporter for ABC 10 / CW 5 and joined the news team in 2015. He grew up in Negaunee, where he attended Negaunee High School. Caleb completed his Bachelor's degree in Media Production and New Technologies from Northern Michigan University with a minor in Communication Studies. Caleb interned with ABC 10 / CW 5 in the fall of 2014. During his free time, Caleb enjoys spending time with his wife Samantha, his kids Fred and Lucy, and his cats Scotty, Remus, and Fitzgerald. Caleb plays a multitude of musical instruments and performs in a band called Concord Through Keys. When there isn't snow on the ground, Caleb can often be found at Al-Quaal playing disc golf.