Wake County drivers may notice a lot of construction on one of our busiest roads, Interstate 40. The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced that starting today and continuing for more than a year they will close some lane on I-40 in order to rebuild the roadway. http://www.newsobserver.com/news/traffic/article29890144.html
Safety in a work zone is of utmost importance. The leading cause of crashes in a work zone is speeding. Being caught speeding in a work zone, even without a crash, can lead to significant financial penalties. If speeding causes a crash in a work zone very serious criminal charges could be filed . As always, if a driver is negligent by speeding, or in other ways, and causes a wreck, then he is responsible for the injuries that he causes.
NCDOT has provided a helpful website to educate the driving public about safety and work zones. In particular they post the following tips:
STAY ALERT: Dedicate your full attention to the roadway.
PAY CLOSE ATTENTION: Signs and work zone flaggers save lives.
TURN ON YOUR HEADLIGHTS: Workers and other motorists must see you.
DON’T SPEED: Note the posted speed limits in and around the work zone.
KEEP UP WITH THE TRAFFIC FLOW
DON’T CHANGE LANES IN THE WORK ZONE
MINIMIZE DISTRACTIONS: Avoid changing radio stations and using mobile phones while driving in the work zone.
EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED: Keep an eye out for workers and their equipment.
BE PATIENT: Remember the work zone crew members are working to improve your future ride.