IDOT cautions drivers during National Work Zone Awareness Week

Road construction
The Illinois Department of Transportation says 29 people were killed in work zones last year. (WJBC file photo)

By WJBC Staff

SPRINGFIELD – Projects are beginning on area roadways, and the Illinois Department of Transportation is calling attention safety to the workers who fix our roads.

IDOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn wants drivers to slow down and be alert when driving in construction zones. He said 29 people were killed in work zones in 2018 and drivers can do their share to lower those numbers.

“Slow down, put the phone down, pay attention to your surroundings,” Blankenhorn advised. “You could save a life, and more than likely, it will be your own. Four out of five work zone fatalities are not our workers, but drivers traveling through work zones.”

This is National Work Zone Awareness Week. Fines for speeding in those areas begin at $375.

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