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Tips 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 department’s road report at

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