Work Zone Safe Driving Critical for Driver/Worker Protection

June 16, 2018

WINSTON-SALEM — Safety is the N.C. Department of Transportation's highest priority when it comes to those who travel North Carolina's roads. Below are some general guidelines for various situations that can help drivers, motorcyclists and bicyclists safely arrive at their destinations.

Even though workers might not be present in work zones, motorists should still expect narrowed or closed lanes, traffic shifts and reduced speed limits as well as other conditions that might affect normal travel.

The following guidelines apply not only to general travel but also travel through work zones:

  • Stay alert
  • Wear a seat belt
  • Don't drink and drive
  • Be patient and obey posted speed limits. (The penalty for speeding through a marked work zone is $250.)
  • Use alternate routes, when possible, to avoid traffic congestion.
  • Use approved child restraints
  • Be patient and obey the posted speed limit
  • Don't tailgate
  • Avoid in-car distractions
  • Watch out for road debris
  • Leave early to get a head start on your drive and travel at non-peak times.

More safe driving tips here.