AFTON Neighbors gathered tonight to honor our beloved Virginia Department of Transportation workers who have been killed on the job. Just last year alone, 21 people died as a result of work-zone crashes. At the VDOT Workers Memorial off 64 East in Afton, a special vigil offered speakers from Virginia police, transportation, and other areas related to roadways.
"In addition to this being work zone awareness week, it's also distracted driving awareness month. Go home tonight, talk to your friends and family about the need to drive distract-free and dedicate one's undivided attention, especially in work zones," said Janet Brooking, Executive Director of Drive Smart Virginia.
"Sadly, as seen here in this list of names etched in this memorial, too many VDOT employees have sacrificed their lives on our roads while performing their jobs," said Major Lenmuel Terry, Deputy Director of the Bureau of Field Operations of Virginia State Police.