[r59] Keeping you safe on the road

Posted by: Lindsay Devlin  | Friday, August 21, 2015

Over the last few weeks, I have received numerous inquiries related to road safety, and as another school year begins, I thought I would share some tips to help make our roads safer.  Many of us spend a significant amount of time in our cars, so as your State Representative, I want to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information on road safety.

With on-going construction around our region, it is important to be on high alert around construction sites. When approaching a work zone, take extra care and expect the unexpected as work zone areas tend to change quickly. To help everyone make it home safety, be aware of any speed limit reductions, narrowing lanes, changes in traffic patterns and most importantly, highway workers. The most common type of work zone accidents are rear end collisions, so maintaining a safe distance behind vehicles is essential.

Many constituents have also reached out regarding debris and potholes on our roadways. The Indiana Department of Transportation’s (INDOT) maintenance crews routinely pick up trash and debris along Indiana’s roadways. Should you come across debris, such as a blown tire, or a pothole, I recommend calling our district’s toll free number to report this. The INDOT Seymour District can be reached at 1-877-305-7611, and press “0” for the operator. To ensure safety, please make this call using a hands-free device or while your car is in park.  While this number is specifically for our region, the operator will ensure that your report gets to the proper district regardless of where you are in the state.

As the school year is getting underway, I also wanted to highlight some school bus safety tips from the Indiana State Police for children, parents and drivers.  As mornings start to get darker and foggier in the coming months, place a piece of high visibility florescent or reflective material on your child’s backpack. This will help cars see them as they are walking or waiting for the bus.

State law requires motorists to stop when a school bus is picking up or dropping children off so be aware of school buses with their stop arm extended and lights flashing. This applies to all roadways with the exception of roads that are divided by a physical barrier. In this situation, only vehicles that are traveling in the same direction as the school bus are required to stop. 

The safety of my constituents, Hoosiers across the state and those visiting Indiana is one of my top priorities. I hope that these traffic refreshers will be beneficial to you and your family, and I encourage you to save the phone number for INDOT s Seymour District.