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Construction Zones Just Got Safer

Steve Wagner

Construction site accidents are making headlines all the time, with workers being injured and killed, it seems, around every turn. Construction worker deaths account for 1 out of every 5 work accident deaths, and reach an average of over 800 deaths per year.

The state of Indiana has recognized this tragic reality, and our lawmakers are doing everything in their power to cut down on the number of traffic accidents in construction zones. We are all too familiar with the reduced speed signs that we see all the time, but if you’ve been behind the wheel very long, you know that these reduced speed zones sometimes cause more harm than good; backing up traffic, and causing rear-end accidents left and right.

The solution is here!

Our great state is introducing Dynamic Speed Signs. These “smart” road signs will be able to read traffic patterns, and offer real-time updates to cars entering the construction zones, changing speed limits accordingly.

For example, the heavier the traffic, the slower the speed limit might be, but the smart signs will be able to read this traffic and adjust the speeds as it moves, allowing cars to avoid accidents and move through the work zones more efficiently.

INDOT officials say that not only will these signs cut down on the number of rear-end accidents that happen in work zones (largely due to quick drops in speed limits), but they will also make the shoulders and work areas safer for construction crews, as they help drivers to navigate the zones more safely.

The smart signs are currently being used on a project up I-65 near Edinburgh, and their success in that zone will determine their placement in zones across the rest of the state.

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