Work Zone Safety Awareness Week - April 7 - 11, 2014
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 and new distracted driving laws.
Motorists are encouraged to "Embrace the Orange! See Orange. Slow Down. Save Lives!" The goal is to reduce the number of severe crashes and "Drive Zero Fatalities to a Reality."
On Friday, April 11, IDOT workers, along with Illinois State Police, the Tollway and local labor unions will be at rest stops statewide, including the O'Hare and Belvidere oases, to remind motorists to drive safely in work zones.
Events will also promote "Drop It And Drive" and the "Move Over Law," both designed to decrease the number and severity of crashes and save lives on Illinois roadways.
New distracted driving laws prohibit the use of all hand-held electronic devices while driving on all public roads in Illinois all the time, which includes work zones. The use of electronic communications devices or any other electronic device, to text, email, compose, read or send electronic messages or access the Internet while driving a motor vehicle at any time is also prohibited.
Work Zone Safety Statistics
On average, there are 4,800 work zone motor vehicle crashes in Illinois each year. In 2013, those crashes resulted in more than 1,000 injuries.
Preliminary data indicates that of the 28 fatal work zone crashes in 2013, there were fatalities to 17 drivers, five passengers, three motorcyclists, two pedestrians and one construction worker.
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We need your help to stop traffic deaths in Illinois.
Tips for safer driving
- Don't text and drive
- Save a life - buckle up
- Turn off your cell phone while driving
- Don't drink and drive
- Motorists can call *999 for roadway assistance.
- Illinois State Police District 15 patrols the 286-mile Tollway system.
- Customers can drive worry free by taking advantage of free Child Safety Seat inspections to make sure kids are properly secured.
- Tollway oases are a great place to rest and refuel, with a variety of food and beverage offerings and fuel stations.
- On the road and need to update your I-PASS account or add funds to your balance? Stop into one of our five Tollway Customer Service Centers.
The new Illinois Tollway guide provides a quick reference to local hotels and tourism attractions located near each of the Tollway's interchanges.
Attractions and facilities have been identified in coordination with the Illinois Office of Tourism and local convention and visitors bureaus. For additional Illinois tourism information, visit www.enjoyillinois.com.
Illinois Travel Guide
The Illinois Travel Guide provides you with all the tools to have a memorable experience in Illinois. Whether you prefer the bustling culture of the big city, the hospitality of small towns or the serene beauty of natural wonders, Illinois is sure to please.
Know Before You GoThe Tollway offers a variety of ways for drivers to get the latest information on travel and roadway construction to help you plan your trip, including:
- www.illinoistollway.com – Construction/Planning section and Tollway Trip Calculator
- www.travelmidwest.com – Real-time travel times
- www.nbcchicago.com and www.myfoxchicago.com – Up-to-the-minute traffic by roadway
- www.twitter.com – Real-time roadway incident information at Tollway Trip 90, Tollway Trip 88, Tollway Trip 355 and Tollway Trip 94/294
- 1-800-TOLL-FYI – Daily lane closure information