ISP: SLOW DOWN in Construction Zones

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Two road construction workers are dead after a pickup slammed into them.  It happened just before 6 Friday morning on Interstate 69 just north of 465 in Indianapolis.

Indiana State Police say the two men were just minutes from wrapping up their overnight paving shift when the accident happened. Investigators are still not sure why a 22 year old driver did not move over to avoid hitting the men. Now, two men will never again go home to their families.

“They’re doing their job picking up and getting ready to call it a day, and because of some inattention of the driver or something that we don’t know of yet, they’re gone,” said Sgt. Rich Myers of ISP.

Indiana State Police Sergeant Joe Watts has worked these zones many times throughout his career.  When a trooper hears of an accident like this, he or she thinks about the families of the deceased.  Then they wonder what caused the accident.  And then there’s this:

“Accidents like this should send a clear message to everyone: slow down, be patient, and use caution when entering these zones,” said Sergeant Watts, who says he also understands that driving through these zones can be frustrating, because it takes so much time to drive through them.  However, he says driving faster through them doesn’t really save you that much time, and the time you could save could prove very costly.

“If you take a 5 to 10 mile construction zone and if you reduce the speed by 15 miles per hour so people can travel safely through that zone, you may lose 5 minutes on the end of your entire travels.  It’s not worth the 2 to 5 minutes you may lose when you may injure your life or someone else’s,” said Sgt. Watts.

That’s why Indiana State Police heavily patrol these zones.  Watts says you’ll typically find troopers at the ends of these zones, and sometimes throughout them in an effort to get people to slow down.  It’s a lot of manpower, but when you’re talking about saving lives, watts says the Indiana State Police feel that manpower is well worth it.

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