Ask a Trooper

Question: I was told that the speeding fine in a construction zone had gone up recently. Could you also explain the Zipper Merge for merging into construction zones in Minnesota?
Answer: With a recent area work zone crash that left two people injured, this is a great time to talk about work zone safety.
During the spring and summer months, construction season is in full swing in Minnesota and motorists risk their lives and the lives of others by not slowing down and paying attention.
• In the past five years (2011 – 2015), 39 people have died and more than 3,700 people injured in work zone traffic crashes.
• In 2015, 10 people died in work zone traffic crashes, the most since 2010 (12).
Safety Tips:
• When driving in a construction zone, slow down. Work zone fines for speeding are more than $300.

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