|SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP) will join the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) this summer to ensure workers are safe while in construction zones. Troopers working special details will issue citations – no written warnings – to motorists caught speeding through work zones. |
ISP Director Sam W. Nolen said, "In addition to regular patrol duties, Troopers will be assigned to work zone safety details to strictly enforce the 45-mph speed limit in these areas. Our goal is to provide a safe environment for both the workers and motoring public."
The ISP offers the following tips when traveling through a work zone:
Slow down and obey the posted speed limit. Increase your following distance from the vehicle ahead. Be prepared to stop suddenly. Be watchful of the movement of workers and equipment. Merge early if a traffic lane is closed ahead. Do not wait until the last minute to move over, signal, and change lanes. Do not talk on cellular phones. All your attention should be on driving through the work zone safely. When following a truck into a construction zone, slow down. The vehicle is possibly delivering equipment or supplies and may leave the roadway suddenly. Do not attempt to pass in a construction zone. Slow down, but keep moving. Do not stop in construction zones unless directed to do so. Motorists cited for speeding through a work zone can expect to pay at least $150, twice the amount of a regular speeding citation, and be mandated to appear in court with no possibility of court supervision. Last year the ISP issued 10,052 speeding citations in construction areas.