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Flaggers Experience Abuse From Drivers in Work Zones

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DENTON, Md.- Flaggers are speaking out about some of the issues they encounter with impatient drivers in work zones. 

Flaggers are out every day to help keep the traffic flow nice and smooth while road work is underway.

Fred O'Brian, traffic maintenance manager on Route 404 in Denton, said that unfortunately, drivers get very impatient and take it out on them.

"I was actually struck by a beer bottle in the head and it knocked my hard hat off. That was probably the most personally traumatic one," O'Brian said.

O'Brian said they know what it feels like to have to wait in traffiic, but the fact is that flaggers are only trying to help.

"They want to be home and we understand that and we try our best to move you through as fast as we possibly can, safely," O'Brian said.

However, , O'Brian wasn't the only one whose had interesting experiences on the road. Claire Tripplett, a woman who is currently flagging in Georgetown, Del., said, "I have had a young lady get out of the car and try to spit on me you know, that kind of stuff. So, people are just impatient nowadays. Everybody's in a rush to go nowhere quickly."

Flaggers said at the end of the day it comes down to drivers being patient and the flaggers having thick skin.

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