TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — This week marks National Work Zone Awareness Week, an annual reminder for drivers to take extra precautions when traveling through worksites.
The Indiana Department of Transportation reported there have been 31 fatalities in Indiana work zones over the years. Additionally, there have been more than 1,400 injuries and more than 7,000 crashes reported in work zones in the Hoosier state.
Some Indiana lawmakers, including Sen. Jon Ford, Sen. Mark Messmer, and Rep. Alan Morrison have helped write and sponsor legislation in the 2023 statehouse session to create a worksite speed control pilot program.
The program would help enforce speed limits in work zones through image recordings of drivers within work zones that would detect speed and then get a photographic image and/or recording of that vehicle’s license plate at the time the work site speed limit is exceeded.
The program would be a partnership with Indiana State Police.
The House Enrolled Act has made it through both chambers of the statehouse in Indianapolis.
INDOT spokesperson Megan Delucenay said in a release that there will be social media posts throughout the week on INDOT’s platforms to help promote work zone awareness.