Work Zone Awareness Week in Indiana is April 11-15, 2016, which marks the ceremonial start to highway construction season and seeks to increase public awareness of motorist and worker safety. In order to take care of our existing highways and bridges and aggressively build for the future, the Indiana Department of Transportation is investing more than $850 million on more than 770 construction projects scheduled to begin across the state in 2016. Indiana sets steep penalties for driving infractions within highway work zones. First time citations for speeding in a work zone result in a $300 fine. The fine increases to $500 for a second offense and $1,000 for a third offense within three years. Motorists who drive recklessly or aggressively through a work zone face fines up to $5,000. Drivers who injure or kill a highway worker may end up paying a $10,000 fine and serving up to six years behind bars. These fines are used to fund additional Indiana State Police patrols in and around work zones to promote safe driving. Motorists can learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at indot.carsprogram.org or by calling 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.