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Work Zone Safety

Safe Driving Tips

Stay Alert and Minimize Distractions

  • Dedicate your full attention to the roadway
  • Avoid changing the radio station, using a mobile phone, eating or other distractions that can remove your concentration from the road

Pay Attention to the Road

  • “Listen to the signs”
  • Watch brake lights on vehicles ahead
  • Watch traffic around you and be prepared to react
  • Keep your headlights on

Merge into the Proper Lane

  • Merge well before you reach the lane closure
  • Be aware that traffic patterns can change daily

Don’t Tailgate

  • Follow other vehicles at a safe distance

Obey the Posted Speed Limit

  • Workers may be present just feet away
  • Fines may be doubled for moving traffic violations
  • Be prepared to slow down further if conditions indicate the need

Change Lanes Safely

  • Change lanes only where pavement markings indicate and only when traffic conditions permit

Expect the Unexpected

  • Workers, work vehicles or equipment may enter your lane without warning
  • Other vehicles may slow, stop or change lanes unexpectedly
  • Follow instructions from flaggers

Be Patient

  • In Mississippi, you can receive penalties for driving incorrectly in a work zone on the state’s highways. While safety should be your first priority, you will be fined up to $250 for speeding in a work zone with workers and signs present, and double the original fine for subsequent offenses.

Driver Safety Education

Find safety tips, resources and lesson plans for teens, parents and educators to make sure Mississippi’s youngest drivers are equipped with the tools to make it home safely every day. Visit MDOT’s Driver Safety Education website.

Meet some of the workers you might encounter on Mississippi’s highways.