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Slow Down, Move Over week highlights roadside safety

Thomas O'Neil-White

What do you do when you are driving and you see flashing lights on the side of the road? Slow Down? Move Over? You should. It's the law.

As part of Work Zone Awareness Week, State and federal agencies are reminding drivers to be observant of vehicles on roadway shoulders.

Keith Stanczewski is a Thruway Maintenance Engineer. He said this law is for everyone’s safety.

“We’re just trying to get everyone’s attention here,” Stanczewski said. “Basically everybody wants to get home quickly and safely and with this work zone awareness, we’re just trying to get people to move over, slow down. Give these guys some room and a chance to get home to their own families.”

Stanczewski said as Western New York temperatures continue to rise, there will be even more road work.

“Yeah, we’re out right now. As soon as the snow stops we’re out there,” He said. “We’ve got potholes, we’ve got a lot of work to do and we’ll be out there as soon as the snow starts to fly again. But hopefully not too soon.”

The Federal Highway Administration’s tips for driving through a work zone include checking for the latest traffic information beforehand and avoid distractions.

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Thomas moved to Western New York at the age of 14. A graduate of Buffalo State College, he majored in Communications Studies and was part of the sports staff for WBNY. When not following his beloved University of Kentucky Wildcats and Boston Red Sox, Thomas enjoys coaching youth basketball, reading Tolkien novels and seeing live music.
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