Nebraska State Patrol stresses safe driving in work zones
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – As construction season approaches, the Nebraska State Patrol will be focusing on areas near construction zones to keep crews and drivers safe.
“The crews working on road projects during the summer months deserve safety on the job,” Col. John Bolduc, superintendent of the patrol, said in a press release. “As they work to improve our roadways, troopers will be on patrol to keep crews and motorists safe, by monitoring for unsafe driving in and around construction zones.”
Troopers in Grand Island will be performing more localized efforts, the patrol said. This was made possible by a $41,300 grant from the Nebraska Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office.
“When driving in or near a construction zone, focusing on the road is imperative,” Capt. Jeff Roby said. “The choice to put the phone down could be a life-saving decision for one of the many professionals working on these construction projects.”
The Nebraska Department of Transportation has provided some work zone safe-driving tips:
- Pay close attention – Signs and work zone flaggers save lives.
- Turn on your headlights – Workers and other motorists must see you.
- Don’t tailgate
- Don’t speed – Note the posted speed limits in and around the work zone.
- Keep up with the traffic flow
- Don’t change lanes in the work zone
- Minimize distractions – Avoid changing radio stations or using your phone.
- Expect the unexpected – Keep an eye out for workers and their equipment.
- Be patient – Remember that work zone crews are working to improve your future ride.
- Stay alert – Dedicate your full attention to the roadway.