Frustrated with construction zones

Are you hot, tired, and frustrated in traffic?

Are you in a hurry to get to your camp for weekend, so you can finally relax?

And what’s taking those road construction workers? Aren’t they done yet?

Don’t you feel like running down all those other drivers ahead of you so you can get there – now?

Take some good advice from the experts. Don’t take it out on other drivers – no matter how much you want to. The results could be deadly.

Road rage is still very much a part of the nation’s transportation system.

Don’t become part of the problem.

Sure, you’re hot, tired and you want to get home, but one stupid error in judgment could cost you your life, or the lives of innocent bystanders.

Aggressive driving has been identified by the public as the No. 1 problem on the nation’s roadways.

High-profile cases resulting in death and serious injury appear in news reports all too regularly.

A recent study by the American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety found that aggressive driving is increasing.

Current strategies aimed at identifying and dealing with aggressive drivers are top public policy priorities.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has ranked aggressive driving as a major highway safety issue – along with drunken driving, texting and seat-belt use.

Drivers must do their part in work zones to ensure safety for everyone.

Remember these suggestions:

– Slow down. Pay attention.

– Avoid complacency. Don’t become oblivious to work zone signs when the work is long term or widespread.

– Calm down. Work zones aren’t there to personally inconvenience you. They’re there to improve the roads for everyone.

– Heed the warning signs and symbols.

– Merge as soon as possible. Motorists can help maintain traffic flow and posted speed by moving to the appropriate lane at first notice of an approaching work zone.

– Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and traffic barriers, trucks, construction equipment and workers.

– Some work zones – like line painting, road patching and mowing – are mobile. Just because you don’t see the workers immediately after you see the warning signs, doesn’t mean they’re not out there. Observe the posted signs until you see the one that says, “End Road Work.”

– Pay attention to your surroundings. This is not the time to use the cellular phone, change the radio station or drink your coffee.

– Try an alternate route.

– Expect delays; plan for them and leave early to reach your destination on time.

– Michigan and Wisconsin law requires you to slow down in a work zone. Remember, fines for moving violations within a work zone are double.

Road Construction Facts

– More than 40,000 people per year are injured as a result of motor vehicle crashes in work zones.

– An estimated 5,000 people are injured in large truck crashes in work zones each year.

– Over half of all fatal work zone crashes occur during the day, while about two-thirds of fatal large truck work zone crashes occur during the day.

– Almost two times as many fatal work zone crashes occur on weekdays compared to weekends.

– The majority of fatal work zone crashes for all vehicles and large trucks occur on roads with speed limits of 55 miles per hour or greater (60 percent and 70 percent, respectively).