Have you ever been driving down the interstate and seen the sign “Let ‘em work, Let em Live!” ?
Well that sign is a testament to the real dangers that highway workers are faced with every day as they go about their jobs of maintaining our state’s highways and roads.
What actions may be considered negligent driving in a work zone?
If you have been on I-385 in the Upstate lately, you have more than likely driven through a work zone. As our population increases, our traffic increases, requiring road work to occur. Additional road work means additional workers on the road. Road construction work helps maintain important infrastructure. Motorists need these roads maintained to drive safely. However, the very nature of the construction process interrupts normal driving patterns and creates a serious risk of accidents.
Although construction areas can be frustrating, careless or negligent driving in a work zone can cause serious, even fatal, injuries. In fact, throughout the S.C. Department of Transportation’s 100-year history, 39 road workers have been killed while working on S.C. roads. For this reason, in June 2017, a new law was implemented in South Carolina. This law, also referred to as the Highway Workers’ Safety Act, states that if a person commits endangerment of a highway worker by disregarding work zone rules, they may face fines of up to $5,000.
Aimed to prevent negligent driving in work a zone, these penalties and fines are enforced for drivers who violate speed limits and other traffic laws when construction workers and warning signs are both present.
Negligent acts by drivers may include:
- Not following the directions of signs or workers directing traffic
- Improper passing
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI)
- Texting or other types of distracted driving
- Driving in closed lanes
Let ‘em Work, Let ‘em Live
The fines collected for these offenses will be used to provide more law enforcement officers who will focus on patrolling work zones. Negligent driving in a work zone can cause serious injuries. The state hopes that by enforcing these higher fines there will now be significant and true meaning to its motto; “Let ‘em Work, Let ‘em Live”.
As a personal injury law firm in Greenville, SC, we have experience helping our clients get the compensation they deserve for their car accident cases. For more information, contact us today for a free consultation at the Thomas Creech Law Offices.