Work Zone Safety

More than 4,300 motor vehicle crashes on average occur in Illinois work zones every year. Provisional data shows that 46 people were killed in Illinois work zone crashes in 2015.

Nationally in 2014, distracted driving was a factor in 16 percent of fatal crashes in work zones, while speeding was a factor in 29 percent.

"Don't Be THAT Driver: Work on Safety. Get Home Safely. Every Day."

The Illinois Tollway works in partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police and the highway construction industry to raise awareness of work zone safety.

This construction season, Illinois motorists are encouraged to "Don't Be THAT Driver: Work on Safety. Get Home Safely. Every Day." 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 and the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse.

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

Remember, 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

Pay attention.
Watch for traffic shifts, roadway incidents and other warnings.

A driver distracted by an activity other than driving is up to four times more likely to be involved in a crash, according to statics shared by the Federal Highway Administration.

Don't tailgate.
One of the most common crashes in a work zone is a rear-end collision. In addition, traffic in work zones makes sudden stops.

Drop It and Drive.
Using a hand-held phone while driving is illegal in Illinois.

Data shared by the Federal Highway Administration found cell phone use increases the rate of rear-end collisions, decreases brake time by 18 percent, and causes a 25 percent increase in erratic driving.

Move over for emergency vehicles.
Illinois law requires drivers approaching emergency vehicles and roadway maintenance vehicles stopped along the roadway to:

  • Reduce speed
  • Change lanes if possible
  • Proceed with caution

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.