The State Department of Transportation is urging drivers to be more cautious around work zones. Hawaii's already had one work zone related fatality this year on Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway in Kailua Kona.


National Work Zone Awareness Week runs through April 13. Statistics compiled across the country show 765 people died in highway work zone areas.

The DOT wants the public to slow down and follow construction zone signs. On O'ahu, extensive traffic improvement projects are in the works on the H1 freeway near Waimalu and the Pali Highway.

"We have people on the roads. People who are trying to do their best to improve the state for all of us. People that we all probably know, our friends, our neighbors, our family. They're out there. Let's take care of them," said HDOT Highways Deputy Director Ed Sniffen.

Crews cone off whats called buffer zones. That's extra space needed to protect workers from passing cars.  

"These traffic control measures are necessary for the safety of the men and women working to fill potholes, repave roads and maintain all the safety features such as guard rails and lighting," Governor David Ige said.

Honolulu Police are also reminding drivers about the 'Move Over Law.' Drivers could face a fine of up to $1000 for failing to move over or slow down for an approaching emergency vehicle.