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Saturday, October 1, 2016

PennDOT, Union Mark 20th Anniversary of Fallen Worker

​​Montoursville, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 87 today held a press event at the PennDOT’s Bradford County Maintenance office to recognize the 20th anniversary of the death of Leah Miller Rumsey.

Rumsey, a PennDOT flagger, was struck and killed by a motorist in 1996 while in a work zone. Following Rumsey’s death, the PennDOT’s Bradford County Maintenance Office designed and built a traveling Workers’ Memorial in her honor. The memorial includes 87 posts topped by hard hats and draped in safety vests. Each post represents a PennDOT employee who died in the line of duty since 1970.

At the event, a wreath was laid on the marker bearing Miller Rumsey’s name. Many of Rumsey’s family members were in attendance. Among the speakers were Jared McMicken, Bradford County Maintenance Manager and Eric High, assistant district executive for maintenance.

“Ms. Miller Rumsey did what all of our employees do each day as public servants dedicated to serving the travelers in the Commonwealth and that is do everything she can to make our roads safe and keep her co-workers safe. Unfortunately, she paid the greatest sacrifice that can be given” said High.

According to PennDOT 2015 data, there were 1935 work zone crashes in Pennsylvania that resulted in 23 fatalities. That is nearly 100 more work zone crashes than the previous year.

Besides driving safely to protect highway workers, state law requires drivers to increase their visibility and obey work-zone speed limits. Drivers who don’t turn on their headlights in posted work zones face a $25 fine. Also, motorists caught driving 11 mph or more above the posted speed limit in active work zones automatically will lose their license for 15 days.

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For more information about work zone safety, visit www.penndot.gov/safety or call 570-368-8686.

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