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Work Zone

At any given time, there are more than 2,500 active work zones on state roads. While many TxDOT workers are injured or killed in work zones, it's actually motorists that make up the majority of work zone fatalities. The top two causes for work zone crashes are speeding and driver inattention. Traffic fines in work zones double when workers are present and can cost up to $2,000.

In 2015, there were 21,886 work zone crashes in Texas, an increase of 13 percent from the previous year. A total of 138 people were killed in work zones.

Driver Safety

Roadway work zones are hazardous, both for workers and motorists who drive through the complex array of signs, barrels and lane changes. Please keep the following tips in mind when driving through work zones:

  • Slow down and always follow posted work zone speed limits. Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes. Remember, traffic fines double in work zones.
  • Pay attention. Workers and heavy equipment may only be a few feet from passing vehicles.
  • Be patient. Delays from highway construction can be frustrating, but it only takes a few extra minutes to slow down for a work zone.
  • Plan ahead. Leave a few minutes early when traveling through a work zone in order to reach your destination on time.

Fines for moving violations in work zones can be as high as $400 if workers are present.

More Work to Do

Work zone safety and awareness is critical, both for drivers and the men and women who work on our highways. TxDOT continues to work on increased safety measures and public outreach efforts to educate motorists about the dangers of work zones, but we need your help.

Work Zone Awareness Week

As part of National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 11-15, TxDOT urges drivers to slow down, pay attention and be extra cautious to save not only the lives of work zone workers, but their own lives as well.

Everyone needs to take responsibility for work zone safety, from engineers and planners to drivers and pedestrians. TxDOT is working to educate the public and raise awareness of safety precautions for workers and motorists in work zones. Be safe. Drive smart.

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