Each year Michigan drivers are challenged with a very busy summer road construction season. Although it is frustrating to slow down for the construction zones, the penalties are severe for those that ignore the speed limits. The penalties for speeding in a construction zone include doubled fines, more points, increased insurance rates, and severe penalties that could lead to jail and / or significant fines.
In 2001, a law named after Andy Lefko was passed (Andy’s Law) that created penalties of one year in prison for injuring a highway construction worker, up to 15 years in prison for killing a construction worker, and up to $7,500 in fines. Andy was a worker who was left paralyzed after being struck by a speeding motorist in a construction zone. In 2003, Andy’s Law was strengthened by requiring signs that emphasize where Work Zones begin and end. Additionally, “Begin Work Convoy” and “End Work Convoy” signs are now required for mobile crews that travel along roads repairing potholes and painting lines. Interestingly, the majority of Michigan construction zone injuries and fatalities involve drivers and their passengers rather than the construction workers. Construction zones are particularly dangerous for automobiles due to the heavy machinery, frequent and sudden traffic back-ups, and uneven road surfaces. For your own safety and your family’s safety it is important to follow the 45 miles per hour speed limit when workers are present and there is no concrete barrier separating workers from the open roadway.