for driving safely through work zones
Motorists can increase their own safety and that of construction
workers by following these tips for driving through work zones:
Slow down when entering a work zone and
observe posted speed limits. Speeding in work zones can
result in larger-than-normal fines (the standard fine for
speeding in Idaho is $53; the fine for a work zone speed
violation is $82.50).
Keep your distance. Leave extra room between
your vehicle and the one ahead to allow for extra reaction
time in case of a problem. Allow plenty of space for construction
workers and vehicles.
Watch for the orange. Orange highway signs
and orange flags indicate a construction project ahead.
Be prepared to merge or change lanes as directed by markers,
signs or flaggers. Orange barrels and cones will help guide
you safely through the zone.
Minimize distractions. Give your full attention
to driving through the work zone. This is not the time to
talk on a cell phone or to change the radio station.
Be patient. Highway construction projects
may add a few minutes to the length of a trip, but those
projects will improve highway conditions and promote safer
driving for all motorists.
Use seat belts. Make sure everyone in your
vehicle uses a seat belt. or child safety seat.
Plan ahead. For information about the state
highway and interstate system, consult the Idaho Road Report.
Beginning in late April, the Idaho Road
Report service will switch from reporting weather-related
road conditions to reporting construction activities that
will impact traffic. Call 336-6600 within the Treasure
Valley calling area, or 1-888-IDA-ROAD (432-7623) outside
the Treasure Valley. For online access, visit the transportation
departments road report at www.itd.idaho.gov
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