Chicago injury lawyers urge construction-zone safety to reduce car accidents, work injuries

Authorities are reminding motorists of the tough laws that are in place for those caught speeding in work zones through the summer construction season.

The Chicago car accident and worker’s compensation lawyers at Abels & Annes urge motorists to give our construction workers a break — drive safely so everyone can get home to their families.

“Construction season is in full effect and we want to urge motorists to comply with the posted speed limits in all work zones,” Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig said. “If you are caught speeding in a work zone, at minimum you will be looking at a fine of $375, and while some may think that’s harsh, you cannot put a price on a life.”

IDOT is joining the Illinois State Police and Illinois Tollway in reminding motorists of the tough penalties for speeding in construction zones. Lawmakers passed legislation in 2004 that targets speeders in construction zones because of the danger to construction workers and other drivers.

The state says the tougher laws have reduced work-zone fatalities by 50 percent. In 2003, there were 44 work zone traffic related fatalities with 5 workers killed; 2007 showed a consistent decrease resulting in 21 traffic related work zone fatalities with 2 workers killed.First time speeds, including those caught on camera, face a $375 fine, including $125 that goes to off-duty State Troopers to provided added enforcement in construction zones.

Second-time offenders face a $1,000 fine and a 90-day license suspension. Tickets in a construction zone also require a mandatory court appearance.

In addition, drivers who hit a worker are subject for up to a $10,000 fine and 14 years in prison. The law also permits photo enforcement of speeding in construction zones.

This summer, five vans will be deployed across the state. Staffed by State Troopers, the vans can take photographs of speeders and the tickets can be issued in the mail to vehicle owners.
The registered owner will not be liable if someone else is driving the vehicle.

To date, over 8,000 citations have been issued across the state.

“As the work zone season is well underway, we want to remind motorists the importance of slowing down and staying alert when workers are present,” said Illinois State Police Director Jonathan E. Monken. “In an effort to reduce fatalities and injuries, Troopers will be out in force strictly enforcing the 45 mile per hour work zone speed limit, both for the safety of construction workers and motorists. Drivers can expect to see aggressive enforcement with increased patrol cars, photo enforcement vans and motorcycle units to help save lives on our roadways during this construction season.”

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If you have been injured in a Chicago car accident, or are a construction worker injured on the job, there are things you can do to help protect your rights. The personal injury and wrongful death lawyers at Abels & Annes offer free appointments to discuss your rights. Call (866) 99-ABELS. There is no fee unless you win.

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