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Drivers reminded to be cautious in work zones

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Governor Mike Pence has declared the week of April 7th until the 11th to be Work Zone Awareness Week in Indiana. This marks the unofficial start to the highway construction season and is designed to bring awareness to driver and worker safety in work zones.

INDOT Crew Leader, Donald Lowe says it can be scary when working on the road. "It gets pretty dangerous and hairy at times," Lowe said, "people aren't watching out there, and are in a hurry to get to work, and they are not slowing down when they come up on us.  They are still trying to get to work right past us as fast as possible."

INDOT Spokesperson for the Northwest District Matt Deitchley says work zones can be dangerous if drivers do not use caution. "Already over 47 people have been killed since 2010 in Indiana work zones and nearly 2000 have been injured" Deitchley said. "So it is a very dangerous situation, but it is not just dangerous for our workers.  It is also dangerous for drivers and their passengers." On average, 4 out of every 5 deaths in highway work zone crashes are drivers or their passengers, not highway workers.

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 in jail.

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