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Practicing caution can reduce accidents in construction zones

On Behalf of | Sep 21, 2019 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

When people are commuting in Louisiana and come across a construction zone they may be frustrated to have to slow to a snail’s pace, especially if they are in a hurry to get somewhere. However, speeding through construction zones and ignoring special instructions posted on road signs can be incredibly dangerous and cause unnecessary accidents. 

One way that people can plan ahead for delays in their commute due to construction is to check local news channels or even map their route on a mapping app to locate delays. Often, the news will share major construction projects that could affect the regular commute for motorists and apps will usually signify why a delay is occurring. When people factor in enough time to travel to their destination despite slowed traffic from construction, they can remain patient and level-headed when they encounter a project area. 

According to, people should maintain the boundaries of the buffer zones where there is space to allow the construction workers to work between lanes of traffic. A critical reason that people must observe the speed limit is to be able to maintain control of their vehicle so it does not cross over into these buffer zones designed to provide some protection to the workers. When they reach the termination zone where the construction project ends, people should be patient as everyone increases their speed and resumes the normal flow of traffic. 

Schneider suggests that when people encounter a construction zone with instructions signaling that they need to move over, they complete this maneuver as soon as possible. Waiting until the last second can be dangerous and cause frustration to other drivers.