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Michigan kicks off National Work Zone Awareness Week


The Michigan Department of Transportation is kicking off National Work Zone Awareness Week to warn drivers about the dangers of driving through construction zones.
     WXYZ-TV reports that this year's theme is "Work zone safety is in your hands."
     The transportation department says there were nearly 5,000 work zone crashes last year that killed 17 people and seriously injured 75.
     A social media campaign Wednesday will promote support for the work zone safety week. Participants can share a photo on social media of them wearing orange and using the hashtags #Orange4Safety and #NWZAW.
     National Work Zone Awareness Week began in 2000 as part of the Toward Zero Deaths national safety campaign.