Highway construction sites will have a new feature this year.
Any job that involves lane closures on an interstate highway will have speed indicator boards. They show drivers the speed they’re supposed to be going in the construction zone, and their actual speed, and these boards do get people to slow down, says IDOT state safety engineer Priscilla Tobias.
“The natural inclination for most people is to go, I wanna do the right thing, and so when you see that you’re not, and this is flashing for you and everyone else to see, it’s like I need to slow down, so I do think it makes people more aware of what they’re doing,” she said.
The boards were tested at 13 sites last year in the Metro East area and Southern Illinois, and Tobias says they reduced speeds from 65 mph to 45. Now they’ll be used statewide; they’re included in the contract specifications.
There are no tickets involved with these indicator boards; this is just information for drivers. However, cops still will write speeding tickets when they observe violators.