Signs discourage cell phone use in Wichita work zone – KAKE

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) — New traffic control signs discouraging distracted driving have been placed all along the Kellogg and Webb Road construction project.

The Kansas Department of Transportation is using the signs for the first time on the Kellogg and Webb Road construction project with the hopes of stopping drivers from using their cell phone in work zones.

The signs read “Stay Alert — Please No Cell Phones In Work Zone” and can be seen on all major roads that lead into the construction zone.

A report from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration claims crashes that typically occur in work zones happen because the “drivers fail to obey posted speed limits, fail to adapt to changing road conditions, or use cellphones while driving.”

The report posted in March of 2015 says hundreds of people are killed in work zones every year.

The signs being used in Wichita were developed for use in Kansas by Wichita based traffic control company Cillessen & Sons Inc.

John Cillessen tells KAKE News that he believes the signs will work and prevent cell phone use in work zones.

Cillessen said he is providing the signs for free on the project and is doing so because he believes it is the right thing to do.

The signs will also be used at the Kellogg and Interstate 235 construction project according to Chillessen.

“We hope that the signs work out well and proves to be useful for our workers out on the road and also for the drivers,” Steve Swartz, spokesperson for the Kansas Department of Transportation, said.

There are no state laws in the state of Kansas that prohibit the use of cell phones being used to make phone calls; the signs say “please” in an effort to convince drivers that cell phone use is a distraction in work zones that can lead to deadly accidents.


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