Wet roads and construction zones

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News 12 at 6 o'clock, March 7, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- Richmond County Deputies said wet roads and construction zones are a dangerous combination. And you need to pay extra attention to your surroundings to keep accidents from happening.

"Any fatality that we have, we look at and see if there's anything we can do to prevent these accidents from occurring," Lt. Scott Gay said.

Richmond County Deputies said these fatal accidents can be prevented if drivers just slow down.

"Anytime that you're in a construction zone, it poses a risk to the motoring public, any construction zone," Lt. Gay said.

Lt. Gay said it's dangerous because the lanes are shifting, and drivers have to be on the look out for construction workers and equipment. Lt. Gay said a lot of drivers don't pay attention to construction zones and then they slam on their brakes, causing a chain reaction. And weather is a huge contributing factor to wrecks. Things like rain, fog, darkness. All elements that add to the danger.

"We know that every time it rains, our accident numbers increase," Lt. Gay said.

Deputies monitor all traffic accidents. And Richmond County's Traffic Division is also monitoring the I-20 construction zones with radar and laser to keep a close eye on speeders. Lt. Gay said drivers need to remember one thing.

"It's not a right. It's a privilege and you should treat it as a privilege, each time you get behind the wheel," Lt. Gay said.

And drivers need to slow down and be aware of some of those risks. Things like construction barricades, shifting lanes, heavy equipment that's in close proximity to the lanes, and construction workers.

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