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County commissioners focus on road construction safety
State Senator of the 15th District Janis Ringhand and 45th Assembly State Representative Mark Spreitzer, second from right, get a feel for what separates workers from vehicles on a daily basis after speaking with Green County Highway Commissioner Jeff Wunschel, Iowa County Commissioner Craig Hardy, Lafayette County Commissioner Tom Jean and Green County Deputy Brian Dillon on Friday about National Work Zone Awareness Week. The event, which began Monday, is focused on making drivers more aware of road workers and the annual fatalities that are a result of inattentive driving. (Times photo: Bridget Cooke)
MONROE - Area county commissioners began National Work Zone Awareness Week early to host a candid discussion with 45th State Assembly Representative Mark Spreitzer and 15th District State Senator Janis Ringhand about the dangers road workers face due to inattentive driving. Green County Highway Commissioner Jeff Wunschel sat down Friday with Lafayette County Commissioner Tom Jean and Iowa County Commissioner Craig Hardy to talk to Ringhand and Spreitzer about the annual fatalities and 1,110 injuries reported from nearly 3,000 accidents in 2016 along roadway construction. "It makes me shudder to think we'd have to tell a wife someone killed her husband because they weren't paying attention," Jean said.