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TxDOT garners national recognition

By Jenna Rogers, Reporter, jrogers@ktxs.com
Published On: Oct 08 2012 07:49:18 PM CDT

ABILENE, TX -

The Texas Department of Transportation has announced that 2012 was the best year for the agency in terms of on the job safety in the department's 95 year history.

TxDOT is the safest state transportation agency in the nation for the third year in a row.
"Every time we can enhance safety and prevent injuries and accidents and vehicle incidents that's a better value to the people of Texas," said Darah Waldrip, Public Information Officer for TxDOT in Abilene and Brownwood.

When a worker is injured, it is not only unfortunate, but it also costs the state money. It also means less people working to keep the roads safe for the community.

The workers themselves may be mostly to thank for TxDOT's impressive record.
"They've really gone to great lengths to stay safe and every day they can stay safe we can do more to keep the public safe," said Waldrip.

This year boasts the lowest number of injuries ever, making it the safest year in department's history.

Danny Leonhard, Chief Inspector for the resurfacing project on FM 600, believes it's employee dedication that earned them this national recognition.

He also urges drivers to do their part in the effort by watching out for workers when driving through construction zones.

Last year, TxDOT launched its Mission Zero campaign, a public outreach program designed to reduce work zone construction accidents.

Visit TxDOT's website at http://www.txdot.gov/ for information on current local construction projects.