Working on highway construction projects is one of the more hazardous work environments in the state. The risk of being struck by a vehicle traveling through a work zone increases with higher traffic volumes and speeds. Long delays can sometimes cause motorists to become impatient and act unpredictably. With an eye towards reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities in work zones, HSD has developed the following tips for drivers:
- Slow Down - especially at the first sign of a work zone. Obey all posted speed limits. Speeding violations are double the original fine when occurring in a work zone.
- Pay attention and stay off your devices - even if you are hands free. Talking on the phone causes cognitive distraction. There is a lot happening in work zones, and you need to pay attention to the signs.
- Keep your eyes on the road and look ahead. Traffic conditions can change quickly and unexpectedly in work zones.
- If you drink, use a ride sharing, taxi service, or a designated driver.
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