PennDOT Warns Drivers To Use Caution In Work Zones

Officials say speeding and distracted driving are still an issue

Shelby Cassesse
April 22, 2019 - 2:40 pm
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - PennDOT officials say distracted driving and speeding in work zones remains an issue in Pennsylvania. 

As the 2019 construction season gets underway, PennDOT's Cheryl Moon-Sirianni is reminding drivers to use caution through work zones. 

"Drivers are training themselves to ignore our signs," she said at a Monday press conference. "Those signs are up for a reason. Please pay attention to them. We're putting additional lights, we're putting additional attention-grabbing devices such as flares out on the highway to make sure people are paying attention to all the signs we have up." 

She adds it is about the safety of both the workers and drivers. Last year, 23 people were killed in work zone crashes in Pennsylvania. 

In an effort to deter drivers from committing traffic violations in work zones, fines for certain traffic violations are doubled in work zones. Drivers caught going over 10 miles per hour above the posted speed limit in an active work zone and are convicted for failing to drive at a safe speed will automatically lose their license for 15 days. 

To avoid bad driving habits in work zones, PennDOT recommends drivers plan their trips ahead of time, knowing where they may encounter work zones. In addition, they should obey flaggers and follow other vehicles at double the normal distance.