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Utah Road Conditions And Closures

Work Zone Traffic Laws - Nearly all states have laws that increase the penalties for speeding or committing other traffic violations while in a construction work zone. Often, the enhanced penalty consists of doubling the applicable fine had the same traffic violation been committed outside a construction zone. It may also be a fixed dollar amount or a range. Some states vary the penalty depending on whether it is a first or subsequent offense. In many states, including Utah, the enhanced penalty is applicable only when workers are present and/or if signs are posted. Tips for driving safely in work zones

• Expect the unexpected -- Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be changed, and people may be working on or near the road. • Slow down -- Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes.

• Don’t tailgate -- Keep a safe distance between you and the car ahead of you. The most common crash in a highway work zone is the rear end collision.

• Keep your distance -- Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the construction workers and their equipment.

• Pay attention to the signs -- The warning signs are there to help you and other drivers move safely through the work zone. Observe the posted signs until you see the one that says you’ve left the work zone.

• Obey road crew flaggers -- The flagger knows what is best for moving traffic safely in the work zone. A flagger has the same authority as a regulatory sign, so you can be cited for disobeying his or her directions.

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