• May 27, 2007

States have come up with some neat little quips to get people to slow down for work zones on freeways. "Slow for the cone zone" comes to mind. The Hoosier State has shunned the soft sell and gone straight for the I-double-dog-dare-you-to-speed-here school of prevention by serving up a $1,000 ticket.

Starting July 1, the Indiana DOT can lower speed limits without previous any study in highway work zones. Then, they can send five-0 to the scene to make sure Joe Q. Driver isn't trying anything funny, even if there aren't any workers present. The first time Joe's foot slips after he passes the 45 mph sign, it's $300. The second infraction is $500. And if that doesn't cure his wayward ways, then his gracious donation of $1,000 will gladly be accepted by the good state of Indiana. Oh yeah, and if he fights it and loses it's another $70.

Our favorite provision is the "aggressive driving" misdemeanor. If you drive 46 mph in a highway work zone and perform any aggressive action on a driver in front of you, such as flashing your headlights, and you get caught, you get a $5,000 fine that probably comes with its own Howitzer sound effects. If you do it again, the officer will apply a Rowdy Roddy Piper sleeper hold, then pin you to the mat with a $10,000 ticket, three years in jail, and a felony on your record. Don't mess with Texas Indiana.

[Source: The Newspaper]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      This is a stupid law, because "aggressive" is far too vague and will create problems down the road. It only gives cops more false pretenses to pull people over.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "It only gives cops more false pretenses to pull people over."

        Your joking, right? You think the police officer enjoys spending his day in smelly traffic, writing tickets.
        "False pretenses"? Are you sure those are the words you intended?
          • 7 Years Ago
          "Your joking, right? You think the police officer enjoys spending his day in smelly traffic, writing tickets. "

          Yes, so hard, sitting in the car all day waiting for your alarm on your radar to go off. Smell of traffic (??) must be horrible inside the car. Much harder than risking getting shot in the face from actually fighting crime.
          • 7 Years Ago
          "Much harder than risking getting shot in the face from actually fighting crime."

          And it's jerks like you, why they have to sit in a hot car, sucking in the fumes ,because of people who think it's their god given right to break traffic laws. And you wonder why they seem bitchy. Yeh! they'd rather do that then be in an office or driving on a patrol of some quiet neighbourhood.
          • 7 Years Ago
          "'False pretenses'? Are you sure those are the words you intended?"

          Cops love to pull people over for whatever they can these days. I've had multiple cops follow me for miles because I have a loud car (also tailgating me) even though I was obeying the speed limit, not swerving, or driving erratically. I've had a friend pulled over by 3 cops and K9 unit because he didn't have a front license plate (required). The last thing the police need are more reasons to pull someone over. How is new legislation going to help if the legislation that is already in place isn't enforced?
          • 7 Years Ago
          "Cops love to pull people over for whatever they can these days. "

          You and your friend sound like the ideal candidate to pull over. You obviously have a chip on your shoulder. If you walk like a duck and sound like a duck, chances are you are a duck.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I lived in Indiana for 10 years, and highway construction there was always a nightmare. InDot would close off miles of interstate that wasn't being worked on yet and they didn't give lane closure notice until just before entering the construction zone, resulting in long back-ups especially on I-69. Also, it always seemed like as soon as one project was done, they would start over again, so the roads were never free of lengthy construction zones.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I really don't think going this extreme is a bad idea. I say this as someone whose close friend had his back broken as the result of someone's aggressive driving while he was working in a construction zone locally (in IL). One of his friends has since been KILLED because someone thought he was smart to speed through a construction zone. People are idiots, and if they can't control themselves, then legislation has to be put in place to do so.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope people will look up the term 'jury nullification'
      • 7 Years Ago
      not sure why they are bothering drivers that much; i hope at least they let go with mild speeding like 5 to 10 miles/hour in 60+miles/hour zone

      it would be better if they enforce such measures to more serious crimes like rapes rather than making drivers lives !@#$
      • 7 Years Ago
      "What if it was a kid chasing a ball, a car broke down in your lane in a curve, or a rock that fell from a bank into your lane? All your fault, just the same as "Bubba's" work site.

      While these are terrible circumstances, if a driver collided with any of them, they would not be at fault according to the law (assuming they are obeying posted speed limits.) Now if it was raining, or a dust storm, they might be considered to be going too fast for conditions, but the unexpected obstacle--including a worker who stumbles into a traffic lane--do not cause the driver to be at fault.

      All the same, you should keep your eyes open. Regardless of legal fault, accidents can be often be prevented by attentiveness and prudence on the part of a single party.

      Judging from they way highway contractors drive around here in Georgia, I'd say they stand a much better chance of getting killed in their 3/4 ton pickups going 85 mph DRIVING AGRESSIVELY. Folks here think that having a big diesel pickup is a license to plow the road.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Flashing lights are aggressive? And here I was using it as a more courteous alternative to horns at night... you know, just in case someone isn't paying attention to the green (even though I give them time anyway).

      Just as a nice "Excuse me" rather than seeming pissed off.

      it seems everything is interpreted as road rage... but that's mostly because Americans don't know how to drive, and don't know the proper language of road travel.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, a lot of folks are really concentrating on the lights-flashing part of the post. I think the main issue here is the steps the state is taking towards making the roads safer and getting people to slow the eff down!

      I am definitely sick of people blowing by at 130km/h on the highway, or doing 80 in a 50 residential zone. In my city, we've had several people killed while using crosswalks in the past 2 years, and it all comes down to speed.

      People are just too self-important and in too much of a hurry. 10km/h over the speed limit (which is either 100 or 110 on our highways) is fairly reasonable, but there are always people who HAVE to go 20-30 over the limit. These are often the same people who are chatting on their cell phones, eating MacDonald's, allowing their huge dog to sit on their lap, or are turning around to scold their children.

      The fines for speeding should increase everywhere, imho.
      • 7 Years Ago
      IL has a similiar fine setup I believe, so it's nothing new for the commuters that go back and fourth between the two states.

      Also some of you seem to miss the entire word "agressive", which in driving would be tailgating, cutting in and out of traffic, ect....It's not that you flashed your lights to pass, you get a hefty fine for driving like a moron and abusing the feature like you own the damn road.

      Key point to the whole story: slow down in construction zones PERIOD. If your in that damn late/in a hurry then you should have left sooner, it's your own stupid fault for wasting time.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This would be completely fair, but only if it was only in effect while workers were present.

      Here in MD (and in PA), road "construction" projects can stretch out for eons, and most of that time the project plan looks like:

      March: Place cones, signs & barrels.

      October: Start work
      November: Suspend work for winter

      April of next year: replace barriers that have been snow plowed.

      It's ridiculous.
      • 7 Years Ago
      if the jurisdiction is local, it funnels back into the town as revenue i presume. if its interstate or freeway, where does the money go? it seems like DOT needs to be getting in on the kickbacks on that.
      far jr
      • 7 Years Ago
      Jay and Dakota said it best regarding flashing your lights!

      Slow down or pay the piper. That is not a hard concept. If the law was enforced in all construction zones and school zones fewer life changing "accidents" would occur. No one seems to care unless thier kids attend the school or thier dad/son/husband works on that jobsite. Such a shame our society shows so little concern for other individuals.

      $0.02... you are the exact type I am referring to. You think "Bubba" is the problem, not yourself. If you cannot stop for ANY object in the middle of you lane, then YOU are driving too fast! Like it or not. "Bubba" should have a warning sign placed in advance of his worksite to notify you but even if the wind from an 18 wheeler blew it over, you should be alert enough to avoid him. What if it was a kid chasing a ball, a car broke down in your lane in a curve, or a rock that fell from a bank into your lane? All your fault, just the same as "Bubba's" work site.
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