25 Missouri DOT vehicles have been struck by drivers so far this year

Twenty-five MoDOT vehicles have already been hit in 2019 in the St. Louis-area.

That includes the truck-mounted attenuators (TMAs) that protect workers from oncoming traffic, plows, and salt trucks.

Every time one of the TMA trucks is hit, it costs between $25,000 and $30,000 to fix it.

“From the police reports, a majority of them are from distracted driving. Not paying attention,” said Bob Becker, a MoDOT spokesman.

Becker said some of the accidents are because of road conditions due to winter weather but not most of them.