Work zones are designated areas on a street or highway where construction and maintenance work is taking place. Work zone accidents in Wisconsin happen all the time, sometimes killing or injuring construction workers, but most of the time the victims are motorists.

Work zones are typically crowded places where workers and machinery are surrounded by traffic moving on narrow lanes.

Reasons Work Zone Speed is Limited

  • Narrow lanes do not leave any room to avoid a crash if a vehicle suddenly stops or swerves.

  • At times, lanes follow unexpected curved paths.

  • Traffic may have to stop at any time to allow the passage of workers or machinery.

  • Motorists are distracted by the construction site activity and equipment.

Motorists speeding in work zones could be subjected to hefty fines and penalties, another good reason to slow down.

The extent and duration of major work zones can be found online and allow you to plan your trip accordingly, either avoiding the zone altogether or leaving earlier to account for slower traffic.

Work zone crashes in Wisconsin could be serious and even result in a car pileup. You can lower the risk of an accident by following these tips as you approach a work zone:

Tips When Approaching a Work Zone

  • Watch for electronic message boards and slow down your speed as you approach the zone.
  • Be very attentive to signs indicating the curves and the number of lanes ahead.
  • Obey the speed limit signs.
  • Be prepared for surprise slow-downs and speed-ups.
    • Leave enough room between you and the car in front. This should be approximately one car length for each 10 mph of speed.
  • Focus on the traffic in front and on both sides, and refrain from looking at the construction activities.

Remember that in Wisconsin, fines double in work zones. Make your trip both safer and easier by following the rules.

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