Every day dozens of people work in exposed positions while cars and trucks pass within a few feet or a few inches. But about 150 of them are especially exposed to dangers.
Every day about 20 crews are out striping our highways—painting or repainting the side and center stripes. Their workers areas are not marked off with orange cones because they’re moving slowly on the roadway.
Transportation Department spokesman Sally Oxenhandler says five striping crews have been involved in crashes so far this year….She says the department tries to protect stripign crews with other trucks behind the paint machinery…
Crashes in construction zones or in areas where stripes are being laid down are most likely to hurt or kill the drivers thant hey are the road crews…All of this year’s injuries and the only death involve the drivers of two cars and three trucks…but no stripers.
Hitting or killing a striper or a construction worker in Missouri can mean a fine up to 10-thousand dollars and loss of a driver’s license.