As the construction season gets into full swing, the Indiana State Police in Fort Wayne would like to remind people to take extra care while traveling through construction zones. Each year construction workers are injured or killed while improving our roadways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, construction worker deaths from motor vehicles have been on the rise nationally since 2003, averaging just above one hundred workers killed a year by motorist.
Some tips for safely navigating through construction zones are:
- When first seeing construction signs, pay attention and be aware of speed limit changes and make the appropriate adjustments.
- Stay alert for lane reductions and shifts.
- Leave room between you and vehicle in front of you for safe braking distance.
- For roadside work, follow Indiana’s “Move Over Law” by changing lanes or slowing down when you see emergency lights.
Construction employee’s work hard to give us roadways worth driving on. It’s the responsibility of each motorist to do there part to help ensure a safe work environment in construction zones. By following the above tips and practicing general courtesies, we can make our roadways and construction zones safer for all us.
For more construction safety information, go online to INDOT Work Zone Safety site. You can see current construction locations at: https://indot.carsprogram.org