TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Indiana governor Mike Pence proclaimed this week Work Zone Awareness Week in Indiana.
It’s a big push to make sure drivers pay attention when driving through work zones. It also marks the unofficial start to the summer construction season.
This year’s theme is ‘Work Zone Speeding: A Costly Mistake.’
In Indiana last year highway work zone crashes killed 13 people. More than 450 people were hurt.
Officials say this is the perfect time of year to spread awareness of work zone safety.
“INDOT has about 800-million dollars of construction projects going on state wide and we like to remind people each and every year,” said Debbie Calder, INDOT. “Usually the first of April because it’s the ceremonial start of the construction season when people start seeing orange barrels and signs. So we just want to keep people safe. Because four out of five people killed in work zones are people in the vehicles.”
Hoosier drivers face up to $1,000 in fines for speeding and $5,000 for driving recklessly through work zones.