Driving Safely In Construction Areas


Whether you have been driving for years or you just got your license last week, below are important reminders to make sure you get home safely.

Stay Alert and Minimize Distraction
• Dedicate your full attention to the roadway.
• Avoid changing the radio station, eating, or any other distractions that can remove your concentration from the road. Cell phone use and texting is illegal in Illinois.

Pay Attention to the Road
• Read and follow the signs.
• Watch for brake lights on vehicles ahead.
• Watch traffic around you, and be prepared to react.

Merge into the Proper Lane
• Merge well before your reach the lane closure.
• Be aware that traffic patterns can change daily.

Don’t Tailgate
• Follow other vehicles from a safe distance.

Know Before You Go
• Check radio, TV, and websites for traffic information and schedule enough time to drive safely.
• Expect delays and leave early so you can reach your destination on time.

Obey the Posted Speed Limit
• Normal speeds may be reduced, traffic lanes may be closed, narrowed, or shifted, and people may be working on or near the road.
• Fines may be doubled for moving traffic violations.
• Be prepared to slow down further if conditions indicate the need.

Change Lanes Safely
• Change lanes only where pavement markings indicate, and only when traffic conditions permit.

Follow Instructions from Flaggers
• Flaggers are often used to stop and direct traffic in work zones.

Expect the Unexpected
• Workers, work vehicles, or equipment may enter your lane without warning.
• Other vehicles may slow, stop, or change lanes unexpectedly.

Be Patient and Stay Calm. Work Zone crew members are working to improve the road and make your future drive safer and better.


Rear-end crashes are the most common type of work zone crash.

In 2018, there were 1,031 fatal crashes.
10 in Grundy County
58 in Will County 

*Information provided by NHTSA, Fatality Analysis Report System (FARS)

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