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Work zone ahead: Drive carefully

National Work Zone Awareness Week, an initiative to remind drivers to use caution when traveling through work zones for the safety of both motorists and construction workers, runs through Friday.

One of the goals is to prevent work zone fatalities. Factors that contribute to work zone crashes include speeding, cell phone usage, inattentive driving and aggressive driving.

The theme of this year’s initiative is “Don’t Be That Driver,” emphasizing that motorists should remain alert and be prepared for dynamic changes while driving in and around work zones. The most common type of crashes in work zones are rear-end collisions, and authorities stress the importance of maintaining an adequate following distance behind vehicles.

Statewide, the Thruway Authority, Department of Transportation and State Police are participating.

There were 331 work zone-related accidents on the Thruway last year and no work zone fatalities, the Thruway Authority said.