Should Work Zone Speed Limits Be Lowered?

An Indianapolis legislator says the death of two highway workers last week suggests the state needs to do more to make work zones safer.

DeLaney and Lanane

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State Rep. Ed DeLaney, D-Indianapolis, and Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane speak at a rally in 2013 supporting the Affordable Care Act.

An Indianapolis legislator says the death of two highway workers last week on I-69 suggests the state needs to do more either to make work zones safer, or to get drivers to slow down.

Democratic Representative Ed DeLaney (D-Indianapolis)  says he‘s scheduled a meeting next week with INDOT officials to talk about whether work zone speed limits need to be lowered, or if the focus should be on making drivers obey existing limits.

He says there are also some high-tech ways to do that.

“Having automatic devices to record license plates of people who speed through there,” Delaney says. “Some other states have these sound systems that will focus a beam of sound, as it were, on a driver who’s going too fast. So there are things going on that we can look at.”

Marion County prosecutors say police are still gathering information on last week‘s crash and haven‘t submitted the case yet for a decision on whether to file criminal charges.

Authorities say 22-year-old Jordan Stafford of Fortville was on probation for a drug conviction, but had regained his license last year after a six-month suspension tied to the case.

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