Monday, March 17, 2008

Construction Zone Speed Limits

Motorists are required to reduce their speed to 45 mph in any work zone where workers are present. If no workers are present, motorists should maintain the posted speed limit. When traveling through work zones, motorists are advised to remember the three L's:
• Look
• Locate
• Lower
When approaching "Road Work Ahead" signs, maintain the posted speed limit, Look for workers, Locate workers, and Lower speed to 45 mph where workers are present.

Work zones will have two types of speed limit signs - the posted speed limit and a sign that says "Where Workers Present 45." As always, work zones will have additional signs regarding the approaching road work, such as: "Reduced Speed Zone Ahead," "Work Zone Begins," "End Road Work," and lane closure signs as applicable.
What Michigan's Tough Work Zone Laws Could Cost You
In Michigan, you now risk more than just a speeding ticket if you go too fast--you also face the following penalties:
• Doubled fines
• More points
• Increased insurance rates
• Jail and fines
Public Act 103, known as "Andy's Law" went into effect Oct. 1, 2001. The law creates penalties of up to one year in prison for injuring and up to 15 years in prison for killing a highway construction or maintenance worker. It also imposes a maximum penalty of $7,500. The law is named for Andrew Lefko, a 19-year-old who was left paralyzed after being hit while working on I-275 in Metro Detroit.

In 2003, Andy's Law was strengthened by the passage of Public Act 315. Now, work zones are marked with "Work Zone Begins" and "End Road Work" signs. "Begin Work Convoy" and "End Work Convoy" signs are used for mobile crews traveling along roads as workers paint lane lines or patch potholes. Speed limit signs are also required in work zones marked with "Work Zone Begins" signs.
P.A. 315 lowers the threshold at which driving offenses can trigger Andy's Law penalties. The law now includes penalties for driving offenses such as careless driving or speeding, which are considered civil offenses. The law also applies to criminal offenses such as reckless or drunken driving.

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