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MDOT remembers fallen workers, urges road safety

RELATED: Don’t be that driver. Be safe through work zones.

Since 1951, 44 men have been killed while ensuring the people who travel on Mississippi roads have safe, passable infrastructure. This week is National Work Zone Awareness Week, but MDOT has extended awareness throughout the month of April. Truthfully, the men and women who serve on your roads extend this awareness throughout every moment of their lives.

Working alongside traffic is dangerous. Regardless of the amount of traffic, it only takes one brief moment of neglect while driving through a work zone to result in tragedy.

Often times, work zone accidents not only claim the lives of road crews, but of those in the vehicle involved. In 2015, there were five fatalities in Mississippi work zones; all of which were drivers or their passengers.

Keep in mind when behind the wheel: stay alert, pay attention, slow down, don’t text and drive, and remember the names of the men who have fallen in service to transportation in Mississippi:

1951
Lawrence H. Davis

1955
Albert E. Enis

1959
Richard H. Tisdale

1960
Henry R. Martin

1961
Grover L. Entrekin
Daniel E. Ladner

1964
Alfred H. Mizell

1967
Carl A. Smith

1968
Jacob F. Chambers
Ralph Davis

1970
Wilton E. Lang

1973
George Killens
Ernest Saucier

1975
Roy C. Jackson

1976
James M. Newell

1977
Arter I. Huddleston

1980
Clayton Johnson
James R. Lowery

1982
Robert K. Pauilihau

1987
Robert L. Evans
Warneal Roberts

1988
James Wright
Jimmy C. Weatherall

1990
Neil Thornton
Franklin L. Gilbert

1991
Chester A. Berryman

1993
William F. Brown

1997
Justin H. Edwards

1998
Albert M. Mullican
David R. Boykin

2001
Lamar Magee
Lucious Harris
James D. McDaniel, Sr.
Stayce M. Wilkinson

2003
Johnny C. Cooper
James T. Marsh

2007
David Lee Jones

2009
Samuel C. Clark

2010
Tyler R. Kilsby
Leon Sims

2012
Hollis Anderson, Jr.

2014
Henry Butler, Jr.
Ricky Daniel Murrah

1979
Edward B. Reves

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