Safety always comes first. That means safety will never be compromised by cost or schedule. We want you to make safety a top priority, too. Review the materials on these pages to keep you, and others around you, safe while you’re driving on the I-4 corridor during construction.
The Florida Department of Transportation urges those driving through the I-4 Beyond the Ultimate work zones — and all work zones — to drive carefully. Florida’s future depends on it.
In work zones, speed limits may be decreased, lanes may be closed, narrowed or shifted and people may be working near the road. Drivers exceeding the speed limit when workers are present face doubled fines.
Below, are some tips to bear in mind while driving through construction zones.
Be Alert – Pay attention to the road and your surroundings in the work zone.
Don’t Tailgate — Unexpected stops frequently occur in work zones. Allow at least two car lengths between you and the vehicle in front of you.
Minimize Distractions — Avoid changing radio stations and using cell phones while driving in the work zone. Dedicate your full attention to the roadway.
Expect the Unexpected – Work zones are changing environments. Keep an eye out for workers and their equipment.
Don’t Speed – Follow the posted speed limits in and around the work zone.
Work Zone Speeding: A Costly Mistake.
Excessive speed is a factor in more than a third of fatal work zone crashes throughout the state. Remember, crews are working just a few feet from traffic. In 2012, there were 51 fatalities, 3,476 serious injuries and 4,677 crashes in Florida work zones.
Drivers exceeding the speed limit when workers are present face doubled fines. For example, the penalty for driving 10 mph over the posted speed limit in an active construction zone is $200 plus court costs.
“Construction crews face difficult conditions every day while they work to improve our highways and make them safer,” said Col. David Brierton, Florida Highway Patrol’s director. “And those conditions are made even more difficult when you factor in the daily flow of traffic they must work around.”