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The National Work
Zone Awareness Week will be observed, April 15-19,2013. During this week, IDOT, along with
other Illinois Strategic Highway Safety Plan (ISHSP) Partners, will be holding
multiple events statewide to raise awareness on work zone safety and two new
distracted driving laws. January 1, 2010, two new distracted driving laws
went into effect. It is now illegal for drivers to talk on a cell phone while
traveling through a highway construction work zone or school zone. Drivers are
now also prohibited from emailing, texting or surfing the internet while driving
on all Illinois roadways. Fines start at $75 for either offense.
On average, there are thousands of work zone motor vehicle crashes in Illinois
In 2012: 19 people died in work zones;
2 were construction workers,
10 were drivers,
3 were passengers,
2 were motorcyclists
2 were pedestrians
On Monday, April 15, 2013 Illinois Work Zone Safety Partners will be
distributing work zone literature to their employees.
On Monday, April 15, 2013 the Work Zone Memorial representing the 19
lives lost in 2012 work zone crashes will be on display at the IDOT Harry Hanley
building in the first floor lobby.
Press conferences will be held throughout
the state to raise motorists’ awareness and urge them to be alert and slow down
in work zones. Also, Illinois Road and Transportation Builders
Association (IRTBA) and other Illinois Safety Partners are planning an informal
media appearance in Chicago at the local ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox studios. The Illinois
Safety Partners will be outside the studios wearing green reflective vests in an
effort to raise awareness for the motoring public about National Work Zone
On Friday, April 19, 2013 Various Rest Areas throughout the state will
have displays set up to promote and distribute work zone safety awareness
information to highway motorists.
To view the Illinois Strategic Highway Safety Plan (ISHSP)
and additional safety information, go to: