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INDOT Says Highway Work Zone Penalities Are Stiff

Last updated on Tuesday, July 3, 2007

(UNDATED) - The Indiana Department of Transportation is reminding motorists that breaking the law in Indiana’s highway work zones will result in stiff fines and possible jail time.

INDOT Commissioner Karl Browning says with record-breaking highway construction going on around the state---work zone crashes are more of a concern now than ever before.

Under a new work zone law, the first time a driver is cited for speeding in a work zone, they'll face a 300 dollar fine. If drivers still don't get the message to slow down, they'll be fined 500 dollars for a second offense and 1,000 dollars for a third offense within three years.

Drivers who injure or kill a highway worker may find themselves paying a 10,000 dollar fine or serving up to eight years behind bars. Fines generated from the new work zone law will be used to fund additional work zone patrols.

To alert drivers to the new law, signs will be posted around the state warning motorists of the tougher penalties. The signs will read "speeding max one-thousand dollars reckless driving max 8 years."

The signs will be posted in advance of state highway work zones, state maintenance work zones and municipal work zones.

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