10 Tips for Driving in Work Zones

Expect the Unexpected

Things may change overnight. Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be closed, narrowed, or shifted, and people may be working on or near the road.

Don’t Speed

Obey the posted speed limit, even when workers are not present. Speeding was a factor in 172 (28%) of the 607 fatal work zone crashes in 2014.

Don’t Tailgate

Keep a safe distance between you and the car ahead of you and the construction workers and their equipment. Rear-end collisions account for 30% of work zone crashes.

Obey Road Crew Flaggers & Pay Attention to Signs

Failure to obey speed limit signs or a flagger’s traffic control directions can result in hefty fines and/or imprisonment.

Stay Alert & Minimize Distractions

Give your full attention to the roadway and avoid changing radio stations or using cell phones and other electronic devices while approaching and driving in a work zone.

Keep Up with the Traffic Flow

Travel the posted speed limit and avoid the urge to reduce travel to an unsafe speed in an effort to look at the construction work. This can lead to avoidable rear-end collisions.

Know Before You Go

Expect delays, leave early and schedule enough time to drive safely. For 24/7 real-time traffic information call 511 or visit www.511ga.org (do not do this when driving!). And follow Georgia DOT on Twitter for additional updates.

Be Patient and Stay Calm

Work zone crews are working to improve the road and make your future drive better.

Wear Your Seatbelt

It is your best defense in a crash. And make sure your passengers are buckled up.

Remember: Dads, Moms, Sons, Daughters, Brothers, and Sisters Work HERE!

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is a key cause of many crashes, and this especially applies in work zones. In addition to DUI and impaired driving laws, related Georgia driving laws include:

View Georgia’s Cell Phone & Texting Laws

Georgia's Move-Over Law

The law requires drivers - when encountering a stationary emergency vehicle flashing emergency lights - to changes lanes or slow down and be prepared to stop. This applies to Georgia DOT work zones, as well as law enforcement, first responders, tow operators and HERO operators. The Move-Over fine in Georgia is up to $500.

View Move-Over-Law

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