Workers are out in full force in construction zones as the weather becomes more favorable. This means additional dangers and heightened risks for both drivers and workers.
In Indiana, 13 people were killed and more than 300 injured in highway work zones in 2013.
"Slow traffic and delays due to highway construction can definitely be frustrating, but failing to adhere to common sense and posted safety rules could be tragic," said Neil Chapman, Evansville based personal injury lawyer.
The state of Indiana has penalties in place for driving infractions made in work zones. A driver that injures or kills a construction worker can see up to eight years in jail and pay $10,000 in fines.
The Indiana Department of Transportation has issued tips of driving safely in work zones:
- Don’t text, talk, or adjust controls
- Expect the unexpected such as significantly reduced speed limits, changed or merged lanes, and uneven pavement
- Don’t tailgate
- Slow down and observe work zone speed limits
- Keep up with traffic
- Pay attention to signs
- Keep a safe distance between your vehicle, highway workers, and their equipment
- Obey road crew flaggers
- Schedule enough time to drive safely
- Be patient and stay calm