Last year in Indiana, 12 people were killed and 602 were injured in work zone crashes.
Two of the deaths were highway workers and in both instances, alcohol was a factor. On average, four of every five work zone deaths are drivers/passengers, not highway workers.
Motorists are reminded the Indiana Department of Transportation has ample signage in place to warn of the approaching construction zones and the required reduction of speed. The maximum speed limit in a construction zone is 45 mph when workers are present; otherwise, the maximum speed limit is the limit posted near the construction zone entrances. Motorists are asked to pay special attention to the flashing speed limit warning signs.
Troopers working the zone recently stopped one motorist for traveling at 76 mph in a 45 mph zone with workers present. The driver had a prior conviction for a construction zone speeding offense, which resulted in the fine being enhanced to $500. A second motorist was stopped for 77 mph in a 45 mph zone with workers present. The second driver was a first offender and the standard fine is $300 for a first offense.
A third offense is $1,000. While these are just two examples, there are many others. Excessive speed in a work zone is illegal and hazardous to all.
The current construction zone project on I-70 begins at the Indiana/Illinois state line and ends near the 6-milemarker. The project will continue into November. Workers will be working some nights and this may cause additional hazards requiring extra attention from drivers.
Another I-70 project is set to begin April 18 and end in August. The project begins near the 7-milemarker and ends near the 11-milemarker. Both are in Vigo County and troopers are assigned for the duration.