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Work Zone Awareness Week

This is Work Zone Awareness Week in Indiana.

Although no workers were killed last year, 13 motorists died and more than 450 people were injured in Indiana highway work zone crashes.

The Indiana Department of Transportation says the majority of the injuries and deaths were due to driver inattention, speeding, following too closely, making unsafe lane changes or failing to yield right-of-way.

Work Zone Awareness Week marks the ceremonial start to highway construction season.

Indiana State Police will be using unmarked white pickup trucks in highway work zone patrols.

This year’s national theme is “Work Zone Speeding: A Costly Mistake,” which highlights the consequences of dangerous driving in work zones.

Motorists in Indiana face fines of up to $1,000 for speeding and up to $5,000 for driving recklessly through work zones.

Drivers who injure or kill a highway worker could face a $10,000 fine and up to eight years behind bars.