Work Zone Safety
On average, there are more than 4,300 work zone motor vehicle crashes annually in Illinois, with more than 1,000 resulting in injuries. Last year, 29 people died a result of those crashes. Three were workers doing their jobs.
Work Zone Safety Awareness Week
In recognition of National Work Zone Awareness Week, the Illinois Tollway is working in partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police and the highway construction industry to raise awareness of work zone safety.
Illinois motorists are encouraged to "Expect the Unexpected" in work zones this construction season. The goal is to reduce the number of severe crashes and remind drivers to "See Orange. Slow Down. Save Lives."
For more information, please see the Illinois Department of Transportation's work zone safety Web page.
In Work Zones
The Illinois Tollway reminds you to:
Slow down whether or not workers are present.
Drive the posted speed limit at all times, 24/7, because:
- It's the law
- Work zone traffic lanes are narrower than other lanes
- Traffic patterns shift often
- Pavement may be uneven in sections
Penalties for hitting a worker are severe.
The minimum penalty for speeding in a work zone:
- $375 for the first offense
- $1,000 minimum for second offense
- Hitting a worker in a work zone could result in a fine of $10,000 and up to 14 years in jail
Move over for emergency vehicles.
Illinois law requires drivers approaching emergency vehicles stopped along the roadway to:
- Reduce speed
- Change lanes if possible
- Proceed with caution
Watch for signs advising of traffic shifts, roadway incidents and other warnings.
Drop It and Drive.
Using a hand-held phone while driving is illegal in Illinois.
One of the most common crashes in a work zone is a rear-end collision. In addition, traffic in work zones makes sudden stops.
Watch for workers.
Keep an eye out for the safety colors of orange and fluorescent lime-green that all workers wear when on the roads.
If you must pull over or are in an accident in the work zone, stay in your vehicle.
Call *999 for non-emergency roadway assistance.