WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The orange barrels are out throughout the Greater Lafayette area. While the barrels and cones represent movement in construction plans, they're also a reminder to put on the brakes.
"Be cautious and give extra time for your commute because we want everybody to be safe and to get home safely, as well as the workers to have a safe work environment," West Lafayette Police Lt. Bill Gallagher said.
"With the spring weather, of course construction season is starting," Lafayette Police Technician Matt Devine said. "We're going to be asking motorists to slow down when they enter construction zones."
Devine said if drivers do have to travel through construction zones, he reminds motorists to leave distractions at home, and bring extra patience behind their wheel.
"If a motorist were to get stopped for speeding inside a construction zone, and the workers were present, that could mean an additional fine on top of the normal speeding ticket," Devine explained.
The Indiana Work Zone Safety Law was revised in July 2011 to set steeper penalties for driving infractions within highway work zones.
Under this law, first time citations for speeding in a work zone result in a minimum fine of $300. The fine increases to a minimum of $500 for a second offense and $1,000 for a third offense within three years.
Motorists who drive recklessly or aggressively through a work zone face fines up to $5,000. Drivers who injure or kill a construction worker may end up paying a $10,000 fine or serving up to eight years behind bars.
"You're endangering not only yourself but other drivers too, and it's just not worth it," Lieutenant Gallagher said.
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