Watch for workers as road repairs begin

Illinois Capitol News

ILLINOIS (WCIA) — It is National Driver Awareness Week and agencies in the state are trying to get you to slow down. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and multiple police agencies are asking drivers to watch for roadway workers.

This week marks the start of construction season. As temperatures climb, more workers will be out fixing roads. IDOT said every year since 2013, more than 5,000 accidents have happened in work zones.

That is why IDOT encourages people to pay attention. Labor unions representing those workers said slowing down not only benefits workers, but you as well.

Representing nearly 1,500 workers, the union said it is pleased with IDOT and police helping bring awareness to the cause.

As part of awareness week, IDOT employees plan to go orange on Wednesday, wearing the color in support of workers. You are encouraged to wear orange as well and share a picture on social media with #goorange.

Sangamon County leaders adopted a zero tolerance policy for Scott’s Law violators Monday. The county state’s attorney’s office will no longer allow court supervision for breaking the move over law.

Court supervision is often used as a way to dismiss traffic violation charges. County State’s Attorney Daniel Wright says the safety of police and emergency personnel should “not be jeopardized by careless drivers.” 

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