Gov. Eric Holcomb
has proclaimed April 3-7 as Work Zone Awareness Week in Indiana.
“The week marks the
ceremonial start to the highway construction season and intends to draw
awareness to both motorist and worker safety in work zones,” the Indiana
Department of Transportation said in a statement released this week.
“Not all ‘work
zones’ on the road involve construction, but all workers on the road deserve
attentive and cautious drivers--especially in emergency situations,” INDOT
said. “Indiana's Move Over Laws are intended to protect workers performing
their necessary duties on Indiana's roadways.”
“As soon as drivers
see flashing emergency lights, they should reduce their speed and increase
the distance from the vehicle in front of them,” INDOT said. “This increases
visibility and the ability to safely react to whatever situation is ahead.
On multiple-lane highways, change lanes away from the emergency vehicle if
it is safe to do so. This provides a safer space for workers and also helps
approaching traffic to better see the emergency vehicle.”
If it’s not safe to
change lanes, on the other hand, drivers should reduce their speed at least
10 mph under the posted speed limit, move as far away as possible within
their lane, and proceed with caution, INDOT noted.
not stop in the road because this can cause a chain reaction of rear-end
collisions with other vehicles,” INDOT said. “Move over and/or slow down.”
legally obligated to move over when they see these vehicles: police,
ambulance, fire trucks and rescue equipment, incident-response and Hoosier
Helper vehicles, highway maintenance vehicles, utility service vehicles, tow
trucks, and garbage trucks.
“Violating the law
can result in a fine and a license suspension of up to two years if the
driver causes damage to emergency equipment, and causing injury or death of
an emergency worker can result in a prison sentence,” INDOT said.
Indiana's Move Over Laws state that motorists must move over and yield for
only emergency vehicles, drivers should also always be courteous to those
who are broken down on the shoulder,” INDOT added. “Give them room so that
they can safely repair their vehicles. Be a courteous driver and help