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Work Zone Safety Week Begins

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -  Safety on construction zones shifts into higher gear across the state. 

This week marks work zone safety week. 

ARDOT officials kicked off this year's campaign in work zone, familiar to many Arkansans, along 67-167 between Jacksonville and Cabot. 

And officials released some alarming stats about that area. 

"The speed limit in this work zone is 55 miles per hour. However, our statistics show that motorists are averaging 66 miles per hour through this work zone and the highest recorded speed that we've seen was 93 miles per hour," says Tony Sullivan, ARDOT Chief of Operations.

Across the country, work zone fatalities increased seven percent between 2015 and 2016. That's according to the US Department of Transportation. 

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