Crews urge drivers to slow down in construction zones

- Florida construction crews are out to show everyone that they have families just like the rest of us.  It is part of a new initiative that is designed to get drivers to think twice before blowing through a work zone. 

Florida's Department of Transportation is teaming up with Florida Highway Patrol for "National Work Zone Awareness Week." This event is to remind drivers there are construction workers out there and they need to get home to their families safely. 

However some drivers are not getting the message.  Troopers issued more than 1,000 tickets for aggressive driving over the weekend. Construction crews recently released a video with their kids telling drivers to slow down whenever they see construction. 

FDOT also launched a "Smart Work Zone" initiative. It is a portable trailer with a radar tower that will track highway speeds and generates messages to drivers 3 miles back about traffic conditions. 

"We need people to do the right thing and drive the speed limit through this construction zone.," FDOT's Steve Olsen said. "They're not only putting themselves at risk, but workers as well."
Deputies plan to increase patrols in unmarked cars. Troopers say going 10 miles over the speed limit in Orange County is a $204 ticket. When construction workers are present that ticket doubles to $408.


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