Work Zone Safety

By: Jason Davis
By: Jason Davis

Several years ago state lawmakers passed a law doubling fines for drivers caught speeding through road construction areas, but as Florida's population grows, the number of work zone car crashes increase.

Next week state troopers will take off their campaign hats and don hard hats.

Instead of jack hammers, they'll be holding radar guns. They'll be trying to blend in with the construction workers to catch speeders. It all part of a program to make work zones safer.

The Department of Transportation is teaming up with the Highway Patrol for this safety enforcement program.

By going undercover, troopers will force drivers to pay closer attention to their speed. They don't know if the guy in the bright yellow truck is a worker or a trooper.

Don't expect to see any of these vehicles chase down any speeders. So if you don't want to get a ticket from a guy wearing a hard hat, pay attention to those work zone speed limits and slow down.

In 2004, there were 1,068 work zone fatalities in America.

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