Nebraska State Patrol will focus on road safety in construction zones | Local News

GRAND ISLAND — Nebraska State Patrol Troopers are emphasizing work areas to keep construction crews and motorists safe during the summer months.

“Crews working on highway projects during the summer months deserve job safety,” said Nebraska State Patrol Superintendent Col. John Bolduc. “As they work to improve our roads, soldiers will patrol to keep crews and motorists safe, watching for unsafe driving in and around construction zones.”

In Troop C, based on Grand Island, soldiers will perform localized efforts thanks in part to a $41,300 grant from the Nebraska Department of Transportation’s Office of Traffic Safety.

The C Troop effort runs through September 30.

“When driving in or near a construction zone, it’s imperative to focus on the road,” said Capt. Jeff Roby, C Troop Commander. “Whether to put the phone down could be a decision vital for one of the many professionals working on these construction projects.

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Here are some safe work area driving tips from the Nebraska Department of Transportation:

– Stay alert: Give your full attention to the road.

– Be very careful: Work zone signs and flaggers save lives.

– Turn on your headlights: Workers and other motorists must see you.

– Do not exceed the speed: note the posted speed limits in and around the work area.

– Track traffic flow.

– Do not change lanes in the work zone.

– Minimize distractions: Avoid changing radio stations or using your phone.

– Expect the unexpected: Keep an eye on workers and their equipment.

– Be patient: Don’t forget that the teams in the works area are working to improve your future route.

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