Officials: 85 people were killed in work zones over the past five years

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OKLAHOMA CITY - The signs are everywhere.

Whether they are flashing, tracking your speed or giving words of advice, they all have the same warning: drivers should slow down in work zones.

"We've been on some projects where we're doing overlays in the middle of the night and, sometimes, you get some unwanted people that been some place they shouldn't have been and gotten behind the wheel,” said Rick Howland.

Howland is working on the I-235 project, making sure the construction zones are safe.

"There are some cases where you only have drums or cones next to you, and that's basically no protection at all from a car or something else like that," Howland said.

Last year, there were 181 collisions in work zones.

Over the past five years, 85 people were killed in work zones, including 17 people in 2016.

In fact, officials with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation said most of the people who die in the accidents are the drivers.

"Frankly, it's them that's getting killed more than anyone else. That's why we're calling the campaign 'Your Life Matters. Drive Like It,'" said Terri Angier, spokesperson for ODOT.

"A lot of people get busy. They get distracted while they're driving, maybe texting when they're not supposed to be,” said Governor Mary Fallin.

Officials said don't be distracted and slow down.

"If you abide by those speed limits, really, you get through in less than 12 seconds of delay, and it's really not worth a life,” Angier said.

A small hassle worthy of saving a life.

To put this in perspective - you can travel 100 yards in five seconds while driving at 60 miles per hour.

The Skydance Bridge will glow in orange on April 18 to remember the 85 lives lost in work zones in the past five years.

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