SHENANGO TWP., Pa. (WKBN) — Spring marks the start of the construction season.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), along with the Pennsylvania State Police and the Turnpike Commission, remind drivers that “work zones are a sign of slowing down.”
In 2021, PennDOT reported more than 1,600 work area accidents, 15 of which resulted in fatalities.
PennDOT has introduced ways to reduce the number of accidents. This includes the automated speed control program in work areas.
However, speed isn’t the only thing drivers should worry about.
Lanes will not always be closed for construction. To make sure everyone is safe, drivers should enforce the “move and stay clear” rule.
“If there’s a vehicle that’s on the right berm and it’s safe for you to do so, move into the passing lane or the left lane,” Joshua Black, of the New York police, said. Pennsylvania State Troop D.
The law also applies whenever you see a driver stopped on the side of the road.
Authorities are asking drivers to simply be careful at all times while behind the wheel.
There is a place where you can commit to “Go Orange”. In “Going Orange”, you agree to respect speed limits and turn off your phone to save lives and avoid tickets.
You make your promise on Pennsylvaniaincluding the Turnpike website.
For more information on the Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement program, including a list of projects where the units are deployed, visit workzonecameras.penndot.gov.