She said the 511 system, designed to provide motorists with up-to-the-minute details on road conditions by phone, online and mobile app, has taken off.
Drivers should pay attention while moving through long-term construction areas and also when they approach mobile work crews - such as those involved in striping operations and workers mowing in the medians and along the sides of roads.
If the work zone sign lights are flashing, the construction zone is active even if workers are not visible, she said.
"We just can't stress enough how avoidable these accidents are in work zones if people just pay attention, turn off the cellphone and just drive," Walker said.
The agency has enjoyed a partnership with law enforcement, State Police in particular, for many years, he said. Walker and others from the department spoke with State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous during a press conference held Tuesday at the State Police Academy in Institute.
The sergeant said highway safety is a priority for State Police Superintendent Jay Smithers. The troopers recently participated in Operation Chain Reaction, which targeted distracted drivers, and they now are participating in a six-state project with the same goal.
Baylous said the State Police had received a federal grant to allow more overtime for troopers to increase work zone patrols.
"I think in the past motorists have become complacent when they see these blue lights sitting in a work zone and they think, 'That trooper's not going to pull out and come after me,'" Baylous said.
"Well, they better watch out now because with this overtime money that we have, we're going to be putting some extra patrols in these work zones.
"When you see these yellow vests, the next thing you might see if you're speeding will be the blue lights. We all know what yellow and blue make. Yellow and blue make green, and what that green translates to is you're going to be paying some fines and court costs."
Fines are doubled in all work zones. Despite popular belief, troopers don't make money from writing tickets, the fines don't go into their retirement system and there's no quota system, Baylous said.
It's about highway safety, he said.
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