Grapevine display uses stark visual to drive home safety message

- Road construction seems to be continually happening on freeways across North Texas all the time. But a new attention-grabbing display in Grapevine is reminding drivers to slow down in work zones. And the display seems to be already working.

Construction, at least for now, is a fact of life in North Texas as roadway officials strive to keep up with the number of people using the roads. But TxDOT is trying to make one point very clear when it comes to driving in construction zones.

Shahad Rahman was one of thousands of drivers who saw the crushed SUV on a flatbed truck in the middle of a construction zone. It was strategically placed in the median near Highway 360 and 121.

The statement also got the attention of FOX 4’s Chip Waggoner and drivers in the area, slowing down traffic briefly on Wednesday.

"They are using that as a visual reminder. You don't want to drive too fast through these construction zones,” he said. “It is catching people off guard. It's the first day that it's been up, So just take note that it is slower than normal moving in that area."

The sign reads "Please don't drive distracted in our work zone.  Our moms and dads work here." It's all part of a safety awareness campaign.

Last year, TxDOT recorded nearly 2,000 construction zone crashes in Tarrant County, and 8 of them were fatal. Dallas had 2,300 crashes with 17 of them being fatal.

Most drivers thought the crushed SUV drives home a good point.

"Kind of like a shady scheme to have out there to be putting it,” said Clinton Segroves. “But at the same time, as shady as it may be, if it gets people to slow down in the area that has construction workers, we got to watch out for their safety, too."

"I think it's a good idea because they are taking preventative measures to slow people down,” said Maribel Rivera-Segroves.

AAA says nearly 44 million Americans will hit the highways for this holiday weekend, up 2 percent from last year. One reason for the increase is gas being under $2 a gallon, making it the second cheapest Thanksgiving to drive in nearly a decade.

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