Speeding tickets should not be only motivation to slow down in construction zones

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana State Police are stepping up efforts to ticket more speeders in construction zones across the metro area, but RTV6 traffic reporter Lauren Casey says a ticket should not be your only motivation to slow down.

Every summer, drivers see orange signs and concrete barriers in construction zones. We drive through them every day and sometimes we follow the signs to decrease our speed. But when we don’t, do we know who we are impacting?

Valerie Woodard of Greenwood was making scrapbooks to give to her grandchildren full of memories of their mother Audrey.

Audrey left her kids with their grandmother before heading to work late in the evening of June 23.

It was around 11:30 p.m. when Audrey reached Anderson on Interstate 69. She was in a construction zone and police were on the scene to alert drivers of what was ahead.

Audrey slowed down, but the semi behind her did not and plowed into the back of her pickup truck. The young mother of three died that night.

Forty-five days before that crash, a driver struck and killed two construction workers on southbound I-69 near 82nd Street.

Both of the fatal crashes were the result of speeding and not paying attention in work zones.

Speeding and not paying attention to warning signs are common sights for Indiana Department of Transportation project engineer Andrew Pangallo.

He said the construction workers have very little room for error. He said it only takes one driver to make one small mistake for a normal workday to turn tragic.

"We do trust the drivers but we know that there are people out there on their cellphones, maybe not paying attention and all we can ask is that they try not to do that when they see those signs, know that there's people near the roadway...doing their job," Pangallo said.

From the placement of orange barrels to the lane shifting and warning signs, everything is carefully calculated by INDOT. Those precautions give workers the most possible space to complete their jobs without causing major traffic backups for your commute.

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