CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - They put their lives on the line every day, highway workers inches from the danger of cars and truck going by at dangerous speeds.
We went on site with MoDOT and contractors to see what it's like first-hand, hear what workers experience and what they'd like to say to drivers.
They fly by, drivers MoDOT workers say they often see texting, speeding and even swerving, just an arm's length away from contractor Jeff Cook and his crew.
"They are more concerned about a cop than us," Cook said.
Cook said his wife worries about his safety every day.
Andy Meyer, a MoDOT engineer, said distracted driving in work zones can be deadly for workers and drivers.
In 2012, nine people died, another 626 people were injured. Since 2000, 16 MoDOT workers were killed on the job.
"One death is too many," Meyer said.
On the speed board, we caught plenty of drivers speeding, but Meyer said driving to close and not paying attention actually leads to more injuries than going too fast. In most cases, the accident involves a driver hitting a worker.
Cook said he'd like drivers to consider what they feel like when they're on the side of the road with car trouble and remember workers are trying to make life easier for drivers.
According to Cook and Meyer, workers do have to maintain rigorous safety guidelines and go through training. They say they take their work seriously and wish drivers would take their safety seriously too.
In 2012, Governor Nixon added MoDOT vehicles to the Move Over law which protects emergency response vehicles on the side of the road. It requires drivers to slow down or switch lanes when they come up on their trucks.
For more information on work zone safety, you can click here to visit MoDOT online.