Work Zone Safety
The Florida Department of Transportation urges those driving through the I-4 Ultimate work zones — and all work zones — to drive carefully. Florida’s future depends on it.
The three things that drivers can do to maximize work zone safety are:
- Obey the Speed Limit — In work zones, speed limits may be decreased because lanes may be closed, narrowed, or shifted, and people may be working near the road. Motorists should always drive at or below the posted speed limit.
- Put Away Distractions, Especially the Phone — By Florida law, all work zones are hands-free zones, so motorists should never have a phone in their hands while driving, even to make a call. Avoid changing radio stations or interacting with in-car touch screens or other electronic devices. Dedicate your full attention to the roadway.
- Be Alert and Pay Attention — Work zones are changing environments. Pay attention to the road and your surroundings and keep an eye out for workers and their equipment. Remember to trust your eyes before electronics. With the speed of changes in the work zone, GPS and other navigation systems won’t always be accurate. Follow the posted signs instead of relying on electronic navigation.
Work Zone Speeding: A Costly Mistake.
Florida had the second highest number of work zone fatalities in the nation during 2018, and the highest number of worker fatalities, according to the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse. Excessive speed is a factor in more than a third of fatal work zone crashes throughout the state. There were 19 fatalities, 503 serious injuries, and 4,354 crashes in Florida work zones in 2017, according to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
Drivers exceeding the speed limit when workers are present face doubled fines. For example, the penalty for driving 10 mph over the posted speed limit in an active construction zone is $200 plus court costs. Maintaining the posted speed limit can help you not only avoid a collision, but also be more cautious around Road Rangers and disabled vehicles.
Put It Down: A Distraction-free Work Zone.
Having a phone or other wireless communication device in your hand in an active work zone or a school zone is a moving traffic violation with a fine of $60 plus court costs and other fees, and 3 points assessed against the driver’s license.
The I-4 Ultimate work zones aren’t there to personally inconvenience you. The men and women working to make your future drive better are your friends and neighbors. Just like you they have families they want to go home to at the end of the day. Let them work. Let them live.
Safety is a top priority on the I-4 Ultimate project. At the end of the day, we want everyone — workers and commuters — to go home to their families and friends. Crews working to build a better I-4 follow Occupational Safety and Health Administration and FDOT safety standards. Drivers are also responsible for safety in the work zone.
Following these two Florida laws — Move Over and Move It! — helps keep drivers and others safe on the road and in the work zone.
Florida’s Move Over law requires drivers to move over one lane — when safe to do so — for stopped vehicles with flashing lights:
- Law enforcement
- Emergency (fire/rescue, ambulance, etc.)
- Utility service
- Tow trucks
- Road Rangers
The Move Over law protects our families and friends. Help get them home safely by following the law.
If a driver can’t move over safely then:
- Slow to a speed that is 20 mph less than the posted speed limit on a two-lane roadway.
- Slow to 5 mph if the speed limit is 20 mph or less.
More than 800 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty in the last five years, and a quarter of those fatalities were caused by vehicles. Everyone has a civic duty to reduce this danger by complying with our traffic laws, including the Move Over law.
Contrary to popular belief, Florida law allows drivers to move a vehicle that has been involved in a minor crash. In fact, the Move It law requires that drivers make every reasonable effort to move their damaged or disabled vehicle, or have it moved, so it is not obstructing the flow of traffic. However, if a crash results in death or serious injury, the law requires that vehicles not be moved.
Moving a crashed vehicle out of the flow of traffic reduces congestion; and improves emergency response and clearance times at the scene, thus reducing the likelihood of secondary crashes. It also helps keep fire, rescue, police, and other responders safe.
State of Florida Statutes (Sections 316.027, 316.061, 316.063, 316.071) detail a driver’s legal responsibilities in the event of a crash.
Help keep law enforcement officers safe by moving over and away from stopped emergency vehicles.
Drivers involved in a minor crash should:
- Assess: Check for injuries. If anyone is injured, call 911 immediately and wait for emergency personnel.
- Move It…Yes, you can!Determine if the vehicle can be moved. If so, move it off the road and away from traffic.
- Notify: If no one is injured, call 911 to report the crash and location, and follow the dispatcher’s instructions.
- Report: Exchange driver, vehicle, and insurance information. Report the incident as instructed by law enforcement and your insurance provider.
For more information on the Move It law, please check out this brochure.
Road Rangers / Service Patrols
Motorists on I-4 who need help changing a flat tire or fixing minor mechanical issues can request a Road Ranger by calling *FHP (*347). Road Rangers are a free service.
The I-4 Ultimate Road Rangers are a safety/service patrol that helps stranded motorists and keeps first responders safe by protecting incident scenes. The Road Rangers are a free service provided by the Florida Department of Transportation and I-4 Mobility Partners — the I-4 Ultimate concessionaire team.
Motorists stranded on I-4 can request a Road Ranger by calling *FHP (*347).
Services may include:
- assisting with tire changes and other minor emergency repairs,
- providing a limited amount of fuel, and
- calling a tow truck.
Road Ranger vehicles are stocked with jacks, booster cables, flares, first aid kits, and more.
The I-4 Ultimate Road Rangers help keep drivers and first responders safe by assisting stranded motorists so they can get on their way quickly, and protecting and helping clear crash scenes.
The I-4 Ultimate Road Ranger safety/service patrols started patrolling the 21 miles of the I-4 Ultimate project in early 2015. FDOT’s Road Rangers continue to patrol the rest of I-4, plus I-75 and I-95 in Central Florida. There are also Road Ranger patrols on Florida’s Turnpike and Central Florida Expressway highways (State Roads 408, 417, 429 and 528).
Report Maintenance Issues
Motorists can help keep traffic on I-4 moving safely and efficiently by reporting maintenance issues on the highway, including potholes, striping issues, etc. To report an operations and maintenance issue, please call 844-865-2674.