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W.Va. kicking off work zone safety campaign

Wednesday - 4/30/2014, 7:02am  ET

CHARLESTON, Va. (AP) -- West Virginia officials are kicking off a campaign aimed at promoting work zone safety.

The state Division of Highways is set to launch the campaign Wednesday at an event in Charleston.

Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox it set to speak about the importance of safety in work zones. Other officials will include members of the West Virginia State Police and the Federal Highways Administration.

Officials say there were more than 450 crashes in West Virginia work zones last year along with two fatalities.

As the weather warms up, crews will be working on the state's roadways and bridges. The campaign encourages drivers to be aware of crews, slow down in work zones and not to be distracted while driving.

Police also will be enforcing speed limits in work zones.

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