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INDOT warns drivers to slow down ahead of official start to construction season

INDOT is warning drivers to slow down and pay attention when coming up on construction zones.

Posted: Apr. 10, 2019 7:20 PM
Updated: Apr. 11, 2019 8:50 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - This week is Work Zone Awareness Week across the country, marking the official start to construction season. 

INDOT is warning drivers to slow down and pay attention when coming up on construction zones. 

In 2017 there were 28 work zone related deaths. The number one cause is distracted drivers going way too fast. 

Zachary Elliot said he's had some close calls at work. 

"It's pretty frustrating in the sense that you know there's something that could be done by the public, and I'm not any different than them. I have a family that I go home to, and everybody I work with, we all have families," he said. 

"Research has shown that one minute is added to your commute when you slow down for workers in a work zone. And I think everybody would agree that one minute is not worth anyone's life," said Nichole Thomas with INDOT- Fort Wayne District. 

Thomas said the big orange signs are placed a specific points to give drivers plenty of notice before a work zone. 

Workers are also equipped with bright vests and hard hats, but sometimes that isn't enough to get drivers to be aware of them. 

That's where police cars placed at construction zones come in. 

"You'd be surprised the number of excuses, and a lot of times, unfortunately, people just don't care," said Sgt. Ron Galaviz with the Indiana State Police. 

Galaviz said there's very little room for error, and few warnings will be issued if you're caught speeding or making unsafe lane changes in construction. 

"All of that is set so people have an opportunity to see in advance when a construction zone is coming up, so there are no excuses," Galaviz said. 

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