Speeding drivers in work zones endanger workers
Friday, June 27, 2014 11:00 AM
Indiana State Police are stepping up efforts to catch speeders driving in work zones after five deaths in the past two months, including those of two construction workers.
The same problem has been reported by workers on the Madison-Milton Bridge. The posted limit on the bridge is 20 mph until all work is completed.
We've gotten a few calls from bridge workers pleading with drivers to slow down. One caller told us that some cars going as fast as 50 mph have come close to hitting workers.
A reporter for an Indianapolis television station accompanied a trooper on patrol Tuesday and during a short ride found most drivers speeding, with some going 20 miles an hour faster than the speed limit.
State police are planning to give out more tickets in an effort to get drivers to slow down.
A U.S. Transportation Department study found speeding was a factor in more than one-third of work-zone fatalities. Last year, work zone crashes killed 13 people in Indiana, up from eight the year before.
This is summer, and there are many construction zones in the Courierarea. In the next few weeks, State Road 7 between Dupont and North Vernon will be detoured while the bridge over Camp Creek is being replaced.
In addition, workers are common along roadsides mowing grass and clearing debris.
Please slow down. A bit of caution might save a life.