The death of New York Department of Transportation worker Dennis Howe is the latest of injuries and deaths on the roadway due to drivers not following traffic laws. The NY DOT is asking for patience while Governor Andrew Cuomo is sending a stern warning to motorists.
“They’re really trying to do their jobs and get home to their families at the end of the day,” said Department of Transportation Public Information Officer Bryan Viggiani.
According to the State of New York, 10 people died and 160 were injured in 2017 in work zones.
With crews beginning to hit the pavement, Howe’s death is a call for drivers to pay attention while on the roads. Governor Andrew Cuomo answering that call with a sharp rebuke, warning that the state has zero tolerance for anyone putting the lives and safety of workers in danger.
Cuomo has called for stricter protections against assault of transportation worker in his 2020 budget. The governor wants those convicted to get up to seven years in prison and a $5,000 fine.