Prevent deaths, injuries to road workers

It is ironic that the men and women holding flags and stop signs to keep us safe while we drive through highway work zones are in more peril than we are.

It is true, however. Accidents in work zones claim scores of lives each year. Many of them are the people repaving our roads, repairing our bridges and otherwise keeping the transportation network in usable condition.

The spring construction season is upon us. Orange barrels and traffic cones are sprouting like April flowers. Pay attention to them.

But be especially watchful of traffic controllers and highway workers. Slow down, be alert and do not be in too much of a hurry to get where you are going.

They would like to go home to their families, too.