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WASHINGTON - "In 2000, nearly 1,100 people were killed in work zones and an additional 39,000 people were injured," said D.B. Hill, Ill., president of D.B. Hill Contractors, Inc. in Little Rock, Ark. "What our country needs is a national policy on work zone safety." Hill testified in June before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation, Infrastructure and Nuclear Energy on behalf of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Hill is Chairman of the AGC Highway Work Zone Safety Committee. "AGC believes the national policy on work zone safety should have enough flexibility to allow state DOTs the room to be creative and should include work zone traffic enforcement, public awareness and communication, and positive barrier separation," Hill testified. "A national policy should look to change driver behavior in work zones, rather than attempting to design work zones to meet or accommodate driver attitudes. An excellent example of this includes drinking and driving." Hill also testified on AGC's recommendations from a Highway Work Zone Safety Summit on July 10, 2001. The Summit was a roll-up-your-sleeves work session that was organized to bring together all of the key stakeholders to develop a national strategy to address the problem. Attendees included labor and management; government at the national, state and local levels; highway users, including automobile and truck drivers; law enforcement organizations; the insurance industry and other interested groups. A summary of some of the key recommendations from that summit was included in Hill's testimony. "AGC intends to work closely with the Committee in the TEA-21 Reauthorization process to include work zone safety initiatives in the final law," Hill concluded.

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