With Construction Season in Full Swing, Penn DOT Urges Motorists to Slow Down
Motorists are being alerted to slow down while driving thru to avoid killing workers on work projects throughout the state.
There are more than 220 road and bridge projects planned this spring southeastern Pennsylvania, according to Penn DOT, officials said last week during “National Work Zone Awareness Week.”
Too often this means hazards for the men and women who are delivering improved roads and bridges. These workers deserve to get home safely. Please slow down and never drive distracted, especially in work zones where roadway conditions can change every day,” said Penn DOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian.
According to state records in 2021, there were 1,617 work zone crashes, resulting in 15 fatalities.
Mark Compton, CEO of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, said crews are working day in and day out, inches from live traffic and danger.
Our colleagues have been injured and lives have been taken when drivers do not pay attention to construction signage, respect posted speeds or maintain a safe distance,” Compton said.
Penn DOT officials said there are 57 projects ongoing, or about to launch in Bucks County currently.
In Pennsylvania, motorists stopped driving 11 mph or more above the posted speed limit in an active work zone, or who are involved in a crash in an active work zone and are convicted for failing to drive at a safe speed, automatically lose their license for 15 days.
The law also provides for up to five years of additional jail time for individuals convicted of homicide by vehicle for a crash that occurred in an active work zone.