WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The number of collisions in work zones was at a five-year high in 2010 at 4,683. It has since seen a decline to 3,498 collisions recorded in 2012. However, statistics may be down, but fatalities still occur.
In early May of this year, two construction workers were killed while working on Interstate 69 in Fishers, Ind when a pickup truck crashed into their work vehicle.
Another incident happened in late May, which seriously injured two construction workers on Interstate 70 in Greenfield, Ind. The two workers were removing reflectors from the roadway, when they were rear-ended by a semi truck.
The list goes on, from fatalities to minor injuries, all occurring in work zones. It’s causing not only workers, but drivers to be at risk.
The Indiana State Police said all motorists need to drive responsibly and comply with Indiana’s traffic laws.
ISP offers the following tips to keep everyone safe in construction zones:
- Watch for orange “Road Construction Ahead” signs and be prepared to react to stopped or slowing traffic. Follow all lane restrictions as posted.
- Do not tailgate and keep your brakes maintained so you can stop in time. Most injuries and deaths in work zones are caused by rear-end collisions. Obey the posted work zone speed limit.
- Do not cut other vehicles off or change lanes across solid white lines. Signal all lane changes.
- 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 major catastrophes.
- Do not engage in distracting behavior such as talking on a cell phone, texting, changing radio stations, eating, applying makeup or talking to passengers.
ISP said drivers should check their route before hand to avoid congested areas. To seek an alternate route of travel or look up construction zones, call 800-261-ROAD or click here.
Statistics provided by: Indiana Crash Facts compiled by State of Indiana.