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Work Zone Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Please use caution and common sense when driving through highway work zones. While driving through a work zone make sure to stay alert and pay attention; speed limits are reduced, lanes may narrow, and workers may be present. Slow down and safely merge as soon as you see the signs; this will allow traffic to flow smoothly. Keep a safe distance on all sides of your vehicles. Minimize distractions and expect construction delays. Allow extra travel time, and if necessary select an alternate route to reach your destination safely.

  • Four out of five people who die in highway work zones are either vehicle drivers or passengers. 

  • In Indiana in 2013, 13 people were killed and more than 300 injured in Indiana Department of Transportation work zones.

  • Most work zone crashes are caused by: Following too closely; unsafe lane movement; failure to yield right-of-way; ran off roadway; ran over object in roadway;
    improper lane change; driver inattention;
    and speeding too fast



Work Zone Statistics

  • Nationally, four out of five people killed in work zones are drivers and passengers – not highway workers.

  • Rear-end crashes are the most common type of work zone crash.

  • It takes just one minute more to travel through a two-mile work zone at 45 mph than 65 mph.

  • Areas where traffic is entering or leaving work zones are often more dangerous because drivers may be changing lanes and merging.

  • Most fatal work zone crashes occur on roads with speed limits greater than 50 mph.

  • Fatal work zone crashes occur most often in summer and fall


The Indiana Work Zone Safety Law sets steep penalties for driving infractions within highwaywork zones.

First time citations for speeding in a work zone result in a $300 fine. The fine increases to $500 for a second offense and $1,000 for a third offense within three years. Motorists who drive recklessly or aggressively through a work zone face fines up to $5,000. Drivers who injure or kill a highway worker may end up paying a $10,000 fine and serving up to eight years behind bars. Fines generated from the work zone law are used to fund additional work zone patrols in an around work zones.

Sources: Indiana Department of Transportation


Know road construction and conditions BEFORE you depart by visiting http://www.trafficwise.in.gov/ for up-to-the-minute traffic information, detours and road construction BEFORE you leave.

You may also want to check http//www.weather.com website to find the weather conditions of the interstates and roads you will be traveling.



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