Safe jobs save lives, distracted driving doesn’t

To the editor:

Workers Memorial Day, April 28, is a day to remember workers who have suffered, been injured or died on the job. Isn’t it sad that not a year goes by in which a worker or motorist isn’t injured or killed on the job or on our highways, many of them in work zones?

Sad too that not a year goes by, that a state trooper or snowplow isn’t rear ended.

Distracted driving is another serious problem.

Did you know that in 2012 in Minnesota, there were more than 1,900 crashes in a work zone, resulting in three deaths? In some cases, the motorists lose their life.

Did you also know that, according to the ATSSA (American Traffic Safety Services Association) website, that nationally 1,000 deaths occur in work zones or that a person is two and a half times more likely to die on a rural road than on an urban one? Pretty eye opening statistics.

Here’s hoping that you have a safe year so you don’t become the next statistic.

Hugh Smith

Granite Falls