Work-zone memorial unveiled at state fair


Springfield -- A national memorial wall to honor those killed in roadway construction zones has been unveiled at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.


At the unveiling Monday, Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider said the memorial is a reminder "that too many people are dying on Illinois roadways."


She says drivers need to observe speed limits and eliminate all distractions, including by not using cellphones.


The memorial travels nationwide to help raise awareness. It'll be at the Illinois State Fairgrounds through Aug. 18.


The Illinois Department of Transportation says between 5,000 and 7,000 motor vehicle crashes happen in work zones every year in Illinois. In 2012, 19 people died in work zones in the state. The deaths included 10 drivers, three vehicle passengers, two pedestrians, two motorcyclists and two construction workers.

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