I-4 Ultimate workers are becoming more and more frustrated by drivers who, they say, are ignoring the traffic cones placed to prevent cars from coming too close to the men and women working on the construction site. A report from News 6 states construction workers were most recently alarmed by the disregard paid by drivers to the barriers preventing cars from using the eastbound ramp to I-4 that comes off of Michigan Street.
While the on-ramp is under construction, the entire entrance to I-4 from Michigan Street is closed. This fact is well displayed, and cones and barriers are in place all around the roadway to inform drivers of this fact. Still, construction workers say that they saw numerous drivers decide that they would use the on-ramp anyway. Some of these drivers drove through the grass to navigate around the construction objects and some of them, deciding that they were obviously exempt from the rules, exited from their cars and moved the barriers.
A worker with the I-4 Ultimate project told reporters that this is not a new problem. Speaking on the record, he said that even with the bright colors worn by the workers and the protective barriers in place many drivers are not deterred from speeding through areas and blatantly ignoring all of the protocols for traveling through a construction zone. This worker told the reporters that he and other I-4 Ultimate employees have needed to practically dive out of the way of oncoming cars as the drivers, hell-bent on getting somewhere, refused to acknowledge the multitude of barriers and signs.
Trooper Steve, safety expert for News 6, came forward to remind all people traveling on the road that the cones and other barriers are not there as a joke. They are in place to protect both the construction workers and the drivers of the cars. Trooper Steve also brought up the numerous tickets and fines that are available to punish those who disregard the safety measures used to protect construction workers. For those who injure a construction worker, these fines and tickets quickly become far more serious and include jail time as well as the revocation of driving privileges, meaning that if you are in too much of a hurry to care about the safety of construction workers you might fast find yourself in a position of not being able to go anywhere for a long time.
James O. Cunningham
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