RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The number of construction projects on North Carolina roads is increasing to more than 600 as the weather warms up, but that can mean more accidents too – especially as more people travel for the summer.
On Monday the North Carolina Highway Patrol and N.C. Department of Transportation gave this warning to drivers: “Do your part and drive smart.”
State number show more than 4,600 crashes happened in construction zones last year and 2,500 people were injured, along with 19 who were killed.
“These are not just numbers. These are loving, caring people whose families now miss them each and every day. Nineteen people. That’s unacceptable and we can do better,” said Col. William Grey of the N.C. Highway Patrol.
Seventy percent of crashes happen in clear conditions, officials said.
The state said speed is the top problem, followed by distracted driving.