HAZLE TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Zipping along Interstate 81 in Hazle Township you can barely see a cross placed where 30-year-old Kevin Dendulk was killed. The highway worker was marking pavement when he was struck and killed by a hit and run driver.
“All drivers need to be attentive when they are doing the act of driving. But you need to be that much more attentive while you’re in a work zone,” said Richard Roman, District Executive, PennDOT Engineering District 4.
Inattentive drivers isn’t the only problem driving instructor Bill Hischak sees. Speeding near construction zones is one of the biggest mistakes, he says, both young and experienced drivers make.
“You need to be in control of your vehicle, but you also have lives at hand. Your own life, your passenger’s life, and also any other lives of, you know, all the other drivers throughout the roadways of Pennsylvania,” said Bill Hischak, Director, Keystone Driving School.
Exercising caution in work zone makes it a much safer experience for everyone on the road. Hischak says steer clear of construction zones whenever possible. And even if you don’t see workers on the road stay cautious. There still could be someone out there.
“Their loved ones want to see them walk through that door at the end of their shift, at the end of the night, so please just slow down and again follow all the rules of the work zone,” said Hischak.
PennDOT is making a renewed call for drivers to do their part and focus on these vulnerable workers to prevent another tragedy like this from happening.
“Just remember that those people are there to make our system better. So i think we owe them that respect, and that bit of safety,” said Roman.