September 30, 2014

Take it easy during road construction

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As summer finally has made its way into the area, orange cones are popping up along local roads and highways, signaling the start of road construction in Michigan.

During this hectic season, for the safety of both workers and drivers, motorists should make sure to take extra precautions in construction zones.

Drivers should slow down to the recommended speed and remember to leave plenty of room between themselves and other vehicles in the area. Where workers are present, motorists should also give them as much space as possible and obey all traffic signs and signals.

While it is important to drive carefully in these areas, it is also important to remain calm and take your time. A few other tips to help ease the stress in construction zones are to follow the orange signs, avoid driving while distracted, stay alert or just plan ahead to avoid the construction zones.

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, all moving vehicle violations will receive enhanced penalties of double the original fine and at least three points on the driver’s record. While signs for construction zones must be in the area, workers do not need to be present for these penalties to take effect.

According to the Michigan Department of Transportation, 2013 construction zone accidents included 107 serious injuries, 4,080 crashes, 10 deaths and 1,112 total injuries.

The serious injuries saw an increase of 57 from 2012, while crashes, deaths and total injuries each decreased from the previous year.

To prevent any of these accidents from happening, remember to take it easy in construction zones and show respect to the other vehicles and construction workers. Stay calm and focused on driving, and leave plenty of time for traveling this construction season.

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