DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- "You might be in a hurry to make it home they just want to make it home that night."
"Drive like you work here" is this year's national work zone awareness week theme.
The Alabama Department of Transportation is trying to make the community aware of the seriousness of distracted driving when passing through a work zone area.
Houston County Assistant Engineer Brittney Clayton said, “When there's a distracted driver someone who is on the road and not in a vehicle you're not just rear-ending them you're going to hit a person."
In 2017 there were more than three thousand work zone crashes in Alabama which resulted in 31 fatalities and 963 injuries
Just one year earlier there were almost a dozen less deaths and two hundred less crashes.
The increase has led Houston County to take extra precautions when it comes to blocking off their work zones.
"At Houston County we try to close the work zone so we do not have mixed traffic we have our equipment and our people we don't have the public traveling through its safer for everyone."
ALDOT offers a few tips for drivers when driving through a work zone.
Know before you go, drive alert, and watch for large trucks.
Governor Ivey has issued a proclamation naming April 8th through the 12th National work zone awareness week.