A Highland resident
was arrested Tuesday on a charge of operating while intoxicated after
speeding in a construction zone on I-80/94 in Lake County, the Indiana State
police, at 3:30 p.m. Lawrence D. Zinmer, 63, was stopped in the westbound
lanes of I-80/94, near Ripley Street, after being clocked at 65 miles per
hour in construction zone posted at 45 mph.
Police said that
Zinmer was in possession of two bottles of vodka in the front seat when
Zinmer was charged
with OWI and issued citations for an open container violation, unsafe lane
movement, speeding in a construction zone, and no license in possession,
workers were present, police added.
Some tips to keep
all workers and drivers in construction zones safe:
* Watch for orange
“Road Construction Ahead” signs and be prepared to react to stopped or
slowing traffic. Follow all lane restrictions as posted.
* Do not tailgate
and keep your brakes maintained so you can stop in time. Most injuries and
deaths in work zones are caused by rear-end collisions. Obey the posted work
zone speed limit.
* Do not cut other
vehicles off or change lanes across solid white lines. Signal all lane
* Make sure all
occupants in your vehicle are properly secured with a seat belt or child
safety seat. Seat belts save lives and help prevent minor crashes from
becoming major catastrophes.
* Do not engage in
distracting behavior such as talking on a cell phone, texting, changing
radio stations, eating, applying makeup, or talking to passengers.
encouraged to avoid the congested road conditions often associated with
construction zones by seeking alternate routes of travel. Drivers can learn
the locations of road construction zones before they depart by calling
INDOT’s TrafficWise at (800) 261-ROAD (7623) or on the Internet at