Gov. Mike Pence is
proclaiming April 7-11 as Work Zone Awareness Week in Indiana. Work Zone
Awareness Week marks the ceremonial start of the highway construction season
and is meant to promote worker safety in construction zones.
INDOT will invest
nearly $800 million in highway construction projects this year to enhance
safety, mobility, and economic growth in Indiana, the Indiana Department of
Transportation said in a statement released on Wednesday. Highway work zones
must not only maintain access for motorists, residents, businesses, and
emergency services, they must also keep workers safe.
vehicles drive through their work places at high speeds, and it is critical
for everyone’s safety to drive safely,” INDOT said.
national theme is “Work Zone Speeding: A Costly Mistake,” which highlights
the consequences of dangerous driving in work zones. Motorists in Indiana
face fines of up to $1,000 for speeding and up to $5,000 for driving
recklessly through work zones. Drivers who injure or kill a highway worker
could face a $10,000 fine and up to eight years behind bars.
These fines are
used to fund additional Indiana State Police work zone patrols and promote
public safety. INDOT and the ISP have partnered to include unmarked white
pickup trucks in highway work zones patrols. The pickup trucks resemble
typical vehicles normally seen near Indiana highway construction zones.
Motorists are urged to always comply with speed limits in construction zones
and improve safety for both the highway workers and the motoring public.
“Some drivers think
it is safe to ignore work zone speed limits if workers are not present,”
INDOT said. “But, on average, four out of every five deaths in highway work
zone crashes are drivers and their passengers, not highway workers. Last
year, 13 motorists (no workers) were killed and more than 450 people were
injured in Indiana highway work zone crashes. The majority of these injuries
and deaths are caused by driver inattention, speeding, following too
closely, making unsafe lane changes or failing to yield right-of-way.”
“Highway work zones
leave no room for distractions and require attentive, cautious driving
habits,” INDOT said. “Dedicate your full attention to the roadway and avoid
all distractions, including cell phones, especially while driving through
April is also
Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles,
Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, Indiana Department of Labor, ISP, and
INDOT have partnered to award $5,000 scholarships to high school and college
students who compose the most creative and viral social media posts on
Twitter, Instagram and Vine using #TXTL8RIN.
The DRIVE NOW. TXT
L8R campaign runs through the month of April. Go to