Tuesday, June 17, 2014

On the Road: Highway Construction

D5378_CM-40 (Photo credit: MoDOT Photos)
Any driver who has ever been in the unfortunate situation of having to pull over to the side of the road for an emergency, knows what it feels like to have cars speeding by him as he walks around his car. Imagine working in those conditions everyday for a living. I always pay attention to speed limits when I am driving through a construction zone. Sometimes in these zones, lanes have been moved to direct traffic away from the construction area. The sections of road do not always join smoothly and if drivers are traveling at a high rate of speed, they can hit one of these junctures and have their vehicle go off in an unintended direction.

The people who are in these construction zones are working to make sure future travel will be easier than it is now. I respect this and follow the speed limits for their protection. Not everyone does this and some drivers will tailgate me in an effort to make me drive faster through these areas. I do not allow myself to be bullied to increase my speed!! Drivers who exceed the speed limit in work zones will be subjected to double the fines. Some states issue the double fines in addition to jail time.

What some states are kind enough to do for motorists is place signs that flash when construction workers are in the area. That makes the situation very clear. Some states use a sense of humor to make their point as is seen in the photo. Since this is summer construction time, I was to stress again to be careful in these areas for the sake of the workers. Dealing with construction areas can be frustrating, but if the roads are not fixed, the future journeys of millions of travelers will become even more dangerous.

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