- When approaching a construction zone or maintenance zone (sometimes described as a work zone), drivers are required to:
- slow down
- make a lane change to a lane away from the workers when possible
- discontinue wire-less/cellphone use (unless using a hands-free device that may include the use of a single-sided headset)
- yield to any authorized vehicles in the construction or maintenance zone.
- proceed with caution
- By making the lane change, the motorist leaves a “buffer zone” between their lane and the workers to minimize the risk of a collision with a worker or equipment.
- You might notice a special, reduced speed limit sign in construction zones, too.
Lower speed limits in construction zones
- give drivers more time to respond to hazards
- allow drivers to stop their cars in a shorter distance
- protect the safety of workers and motorists alike.