zones are likely to be more dangerous this summer due to budget
cuts, repair schedules and heavier traffic, The Wall Street Journal reported.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said there were 1,079
deaths in highway construction zones in 2001, up from 1,026 in 2000
and 693 in 1997. More than 80 percent of those fatalities are drivers
and their passengers, NHTSA said.
estimated 20 percent of the national highway system will be under
construction this summer, The Journal said, and more vehicles
are expected on the road than ever before.
addition, budget crunches are forcing many states to slash their
patrol forces, meaning there are fewer state troopers to keep impatient
drivers from speeding through construction zones, the article said.