INDOT stresses work zone safety

The Indiana Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to slow down through construction sites with Work Zone Safety Awareness Week. (WLFI Photo)
The Indiana Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to slow down through construction sites with Work Zone Safety Awareness Week. (WLFI Photo)

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – The road construction season has started and the Indiana Department of Transportation is reminding people to slow down.

Gov. Mike Pence named April 7- 11 Work Zone Awareness Week. The campaign entitled Work Zone Speeding — A Costly Mistake reminds drivers to be more cautious in construction zones.

INDOT spokeswoman Debbie Calder said they have many projects planned for the summer and safety is a priority.

“We’d like to stress this week and take this time to remind people that it’s not only important for our workers in our maintenance and construction to stay safe, but four out of five people killed or injured in a work zone are motorists [or] someone in the car. We want to keep everyone safe,” said Calder.

Fines for speeding through work zones can cost thousands of dollars. Crashes causing injury or death to an Indiana highway worker can mean up to eight years in jail.

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