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STATE SENATOR

Cathy Osten

Getting Results

Let Them Work, Let Them Live

Spring is here, which means it's time for our state and municipal employees to get to work on fixing all those pesky pot holes and other construction projects we need done to keep our roads safe for everyone.

Work Zone Safety is In Your Hands

But that work can only be done if we all do our part in making sure work zone conditions remain as safe as they can be.

Unfortunately, in Connecticut, from January 2015 through January 2017, there were 2,059 crashes identified as being in a work zone.

So for National Work Zone Awareness week (April 3-7), I'd like to remind everyone that as drivers, passengers, cyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians, we are all responsible for keeping work zones safe.

Here are 10 ways you can do that:

  1. Expect the Unexpected. Things may change overnight on the routes you travel every day. Normal speed limits may be reduced; traffic lanes and sidewalks may be closed, narrowed, or shifted; and people may be working on or near the road.
  2. Stay Alert. Dedicate your full attention to the roadway and avoid distraction while approaching and driving/walking/biking in a work zone.
  3. Keep a Safe Distance between you and the car ahead of you. Rear-end collisions account for 30 percent of work zone crashes.
  4. Obey Speed Limit. Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes.
  5. Keep Up with the Traffic Flow. Don't slow down to look at road work.
  6. Obey Road Crew Flaggers and Pay Attention to the Signs. The flagger knows what is best for moving all road users safely through the work zone. The construction signs are there to help everyone move safely through the work zone.
  7. Know Before You Go. Check radio, TV, and websites for traffic information; and schedule enough time so you can reach your destination on time and safely.
  8. Be Patient and Stay Calm. Work zones are not there to personally inconvenience you. Remember, the crew members are working to improve the transportation system.
  9. Wear Your Seatbelt. It is your best defense in a crash.
  10. Slow down when the signs say to. A car traveling 60 m.p.h. travels 88 feet per second. If you're going 60 m.p.h., and you pass a sign that states, "Road Work 1,500 feet," you'll be in that work zone in 17 seconds.
     

Chamber Launches Latino Business Division

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT is pleased to announce the formation of a Latino business division. Chamber divisions assist business owners in their mission to enhance the economic vitality of the region by focusing on issues specific to certain towns and industries. The new Latino division is the first ethnographic division organized by the Chamber.

The Latino division will work to advance the interests of the growing Spanish-speaking business community in eastern CT. If you work for a Latino business, or speak fluent Spanish, the Chamber wants to hear from you. Email Info@ChamberECT.com or call 860-701-9113 to learn how to be a part of this exciting new business resource.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Event

On Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at RHAM High School (85 Wall Street in Hebron), Andover, Hebron and Marlborough (AHM) Youth and Family Services will host its annual Drug Take Back event.

Since 2011, these efforts have and continue to help safely dispose of hundreds of pounds of unwanted prescription medications. This event is being organized in partnership between AHM Coalition for a Healthy Empowered Community (CHEC), the Federal DEA, Connecticut State Police Troop K, Regional School District #8, Andover, Columbia, Hebron, and Marlborough Elementary Schools.

Prescript Buy Back