Traffic Watch: Work Zones

by Bill Taylor

By nature, you won't find normal driving conditions in work zones, so traffic is already at a disadvantage. But work in and around roads is a must, so you're better safe than sorry.

In the year 2000, Texas had 155 reported work zone-related fatalities. A few ways to avoid being a statistic are to slow down and observe warning signs. If you don't, it will cost you double the fine, or worse, your life.

Sargeant David Walker from the Lufkin Police Department's Traffic Enforcement Division says a slower pace will reduce your chances of having an accident. Also, pay attention to the work being done around you. A flagger will let you know to stop or slow down.

And remember, the majority of work zone crashes occur on roads with speed limits of 55 miles per hour or greater. The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) tells us that it only takes 14 seconds longer to drive through a one mile work zone at 55 miles per hour than at 70. It might save your life or the life of another.