Construction zone safety is the aim of Work Zone Awareness Week


By: Jon Zimney

Springtime means more construction work and this week marks Work Zone Awareness Week in Indiana and around the U.S.

The goal is to spread awareness to drivers about safety in work zones.

Last year, 11 people were killed and more than 600 people were injured in Indiana highway work zones, according to a news release from the Indiana Department of Transportation. Most of those injuries and deaths were caused by rear-end collisions, following too closely or making improper lane changes.

INDOT is issuing a reminder that drivers face fines up to $1000 for speeding, up to $5000 for driving recklessly, and up to $10,000 and/or a prison sentence of up to eight years for injuring or killing a worker.