Highway Construction and Maintenance ZonesAbstract:
The Illinois State Police (ISP) and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced end-of-season plans to increase safety in highway construction and maintenance zones for motorists and workers. As part of the effort, the ISP plans to adopt a tough, zero tolerance – no warning – policy for violations of the “fatal five” in constructions zones. “Fatal five” traffic law violations – common contributing causes of fatal crashes – are speeding, improper lane usage, following too closely, driving under the influence, and failure to wear seat belts. The fall campaign included additional enforcement patrols, including the use of airplanes to monitor speeding vehicles in construction zones. Though the state police have conducted airspeed details for years, the Department only recently began using airplanes for construction zone speed enforcement.