Each year as soon as the weather improves, travelers and Pennsylvanians with the state can anticipate seeing many work zones. While PennDOT and its particular industry partners are busy improving the 40,000 miles of roadway and 25,000 bridges in its care, we urge motorists to hold safety at heart.
Work Zone Safety Tips
If you encounter our work zones, please keep the following tips in mind to your safety and also the safety of highway workers.
Drive the posted work-zone speed limit.
Stay alert and be aware of signs and flaggers.
Turn on your headlights if signs instruct you to do so.
Maintain a safe distance around vehicles. Don’t tailgate.
Use four-way flashers when stopped or traveling slowly.
Avoid distractions and give your full focus on the road.
Always buckle up.
Expect the unexpected.
Work Zone Laws
Pennsylvania’s work zone safety laws are designed to protect both highway workers and motorists.
Work Zone Enforcement Posted Work Zones:
POSTED WORK ZONES:
Headlights On. All motorists are needed to travel using their headlights switched on in all posted work zones, not just active work zones. In order to activate their taillights, it is essential for drivers in vehicles with daytime running lights to transform on their headlights.
Speed-Monitoring Devices. Interstate work zones with a project cost exceeding $300,000 will have a speed-monitoring device to alert motorists with their speed prior to entering the task zone.
ACTIVE WORK ZONES
Posting of Active Work Zones. Active work zones must be designated as such to notify motorists when they leave and enter the work zone. A white flashing light attached to the “Active Work Zone When Flashing” sign will indicate a dynamic work zone. The flashing light will only be activated when workers are present and switched off when personnel are not present.
Fifteen-Day Loss of License for Driving Dangerously. Motorists caught driving 11 miles per hour or maybe more above the posted speed limit in an active work zone, or who are involved in an accident in an active work zone and are convicted for neglecting to drive at a safe speed, automatically will lose their license for 15 days.
Fines Doubled/Jail Time Increased. Fines for several traffic violations – including speeding, driving under the influence, and failure to obey traffic devices – are doubled for active work zones. Also, the law provides for up to five-years of additional jail time for individuals convicted of homicide by vehicle to get a crash that occurred in a lively work zone.
In 2012, 447 suspensions were imposed on motorists for work-zone violations.
PennDOT is truly grateful for the dedicated workers who put their lives at risk each day to improve and maintain Pennsylvania’s infrastructure. Sadly, 84 PennDOT employees have lost their lives in the type of duty since 1970. Memorials have been erected around the state to pay tribute to those employees.
There is a statewide memorial situated in downtown Harrisburg, as well as a traveling memorial based out of PennDOT District 3’s Bradford County Maintenance Office. PennDOT’s District 4 office, which covers northeast Pennsylvania, recently dedicated a permanent memorial for its local workers who lost their lives.
These memorials emphasize the fact that the security of workers in a work zone is definitely dependent on every and each motorist.