The Chesapeake Region Safety Council is launching a grassroots campaign asking drivers to take the Work Zone Safety Pledge.

The campaign comes almost one year since two cars driving on the Beltway at more than 100 mph crashed, one of them going through a work zone, killing six construction workers. The council’s president, David Madaras, told 11 News that crash was within a mile of their building.

According to officials, Maryland drivers crashed into more than 1,200 work zones in 2023. In response, Lt. Gov. Aruna Miller chaired the Work Zone Safety Work Group, which released its recommendations in January, concluding that a culture change is needed among drivers.

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