Road crews have safety concerns after highway shootings - KCTV5

Road crews have safety concerns after highway shootings

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The recent spate of highway shootings in the Kansas City area has drivers concerned, and rightly so. But, what about road crews? After all, these are people who work on the highway every day in the open.

It's not just the road crews that have to worry. There are also the motorist assist drivers, the folks who travel the highways responding to calls of motorists in need of help.

For all its workers, the Missouri Department of Transportation said it's about being vigilant.

"Our maintenance crews need to understand where they are on the road at all times, looking,  being aware, watching. Not only that, but they have traffic coming at them all the time. We trying to make sure they take proper precautions, so they know what the situation is calling for," said MoDOT's Jason Simms.

MoDOT also said its motorist-assist drivers are also trying to aid law enforcement, keeping their eyes peeled for anything suspicious. They're also looking at vehicles on the highways to see if they've been shot at, and the drivers don't even know it.

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