Welcome to the Drive Alive Web site.
This site is for parents,
teens and businesses in Allen
County, Indiana. The site has information that can help parents prepare
teen drivers for the road ahead. The goal is to reduce teen
deaths on local roads!
This is the
time of year when highway work crews are busy
repairing roadways throughout Indiana.
As work crews make
Hoosier roadways safer, the Indiana State Police
reminds motorists to do likewise by using caution
and reducing your speed as you travel through work
zones. Reckless driving in a work zone is not only
a life threatening hazard to highway workers; it
often proves deadly to motorists.
The Indiana State
Police encourages all motorists to drive responsibly
and to voluntarily comply with Indiana’s traffic
laws. Help keep construction zones safe by following
Signs: Watch for orange “Road
Construction Ahead” signs and be prepared for
stopped or slowing traffic. Follow all lane
restrictions as posted.
tailgate: Most injuries and
deaths in work zones are caused by rear-end
collisions. Obey speed limits, don't tailgate
and keep your brakes maintained so you can stop
signals: Signal all lane
changes. Do not cut other vehicles off or
change lanes across solid white lines.
up: Make sure all occupants in
your vehicle are properly secured with a seat
belt or child safety seat. Seat belts save lives
and help prevent minor crashes from becoming
drive distracted: Do not engage
in distracting behavior such as talking on a
cell phone, texting, changing radio stations,
eating, applying makeup, or talking to
Avoid congested road
conditions often associated with construction zones
by seeking alternate routes of travel. Learn the
locations of road construction zones before you
depart by visiting
http://www.trafficwise.in.gov/ or calling
2012 there were 11 fatalities crashes in work zones
in Indiana –
some attributed to dangerous driving, such as
following too closely, driver fatigue
and improper lane changes.
Work Zone Safety Law was
revised in July 2011 to set steeper
penalties for driving infractions
within highway work zones. Under
this law, first time citations for
speeding in a work zone result in a
minimum fine of $300. The fine
increases to a minimum of $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 or
serving up to eight years behind
bars. Fines generated from the work
zone law are used to fund
additional police patrols in and
around work zones.
reported in The Wall Street Journal May 5, 2010 shows that
of girls drive 10 mph over the limit,
36% of boys.
are also more likely than boys to drive while using a
cellphone or texting!
So were we!
Parents, talk with your teens about safe driving!
Every year 3,500 teens go for a drive and never
make it home
In 2008, about 3,500 teens -
ages 15 to 19 - in the United States were killed in car
crashes Source: Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/MotorVehicleSafety/Teen_Drivers/teendrivers_factsheet.html
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