ITD Worker Recalls Being Hit by Distracted Driver 20 Years Ago
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KLIX)- Long before people were using cellphones to make calls or text message, transportation officials in Idaho still worried about distracted drivers.
The Idaho Transportation Department shared the story of ITD worker Troy Monk, who 20 years ago was hit by a distracted driver. The driver wasn't texting or talking on the phone, but adjusting the car radio. Monk, who was in his early 30's at the time, had taken over flagging duties for a coworker when he was hit at 67mph.
The impact literally knocked Monk out of his shoes severely injuring him. ITD says that even now the event serves as a reminder for drivers to pay attention on Idaho roads and especially in work zones. According to ITD:
There have been more than 2,000 crashes in Idaho work zones in the last five years (2010-2014), accounting for nine driver fatalities. Four highway workers have been injured as a result. Nationally, more than 700 people are killed and 37,000 injured each year in crashes in highway work zones.
ITD says distracted driving continues to be a big problem in Idaho to this day. In just the last five years there have been more than 25,000 crashes classified as "distracted" in Idaho. In that same time more than 220 people have died because of distracted driving.