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Driving in Construction Zones — Keeping Everyone Safe

Slow down in work zones for safety

Construction zone areas can be hazardous because of changes in roadway design.

See also: Aggressive Drivers — What Can You Do?

With a few exceptions, temporary warning signs for construction, maintenance and utility work zones are diamond shaped, having a black symbol or message on an orange background.

  • Pay attention to where work zones begin and end and any reduced speed postings.
  • Slow down whether or not workers are present.
  • Do not tailgate.
  • Be alert for sudden lane changes or shifts.
  • Abide by the posted speed limit in construction zones.

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