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National Work Zone Awareness Week

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Roughly 210,000 drivers use the beltway daily. And according to a new highway study, more than half admit to being distracted by their cell phones.

Making illegal calls and sending texts while driving is still on the rise in Virginia. More discouraging, the survey by state and local law enforcement officers finds only 16 percent of drivers say they change their bad habits when driving through a construction zone.

During National Work Zone Awareness Week, transportation safety officials are in Tysons Corner  warning drivers in an area surrounded by orange cones and heavy equipment.

Nationally, 720 workers and motorists were killed in highway work zones in 2008, the last time data was made available. In Virginia, there more than 2,000 crashes around these zones.

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