A Highland man was arrested on numerous charges Tuesday afternoon, including operating while intoxicated, after a state police trooper pulled him over for speeding in a construction zone with workers present. Indiana State Police Lowell Post reports at 3:30pm, a trooper was heading west on I-80/94 near Ripley Street when he observed a vehicle going 65 miles an hour in a well posted 45 mile per hour construction zone, and who was making lane changes without using his vehicle's turn signal. State police report the trooper, after stopping the vehicle, saw two bottles of vodka in the front seat and detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage after making contact with the driver, 63 year old Lawrence Zinmer.
Indiana State Police encourage all motorists to drive responsibly and voluntarily comply with Indiana’s traffic laws. Troopers offer these tips to keep all workers and drivers in construction zones safe.
•Watch for orange “Road Construction Ahead” signs and be prepared to react to stopped or slowing traffic. Follow all lane restrictions as posted.
•Do not tailgate and keep your brakes maintained so you can stop in time. Most injuries and deaths in work zones are caused by rear-end collisions. Obey the posted work zone speed limit.
•Do not cut other vehicles off or change lanes across solid white lines. Signal all lane changes.
•Make sure all occupants in your vehicle are properly secured with a seat belt or child safety seat. Seat belts save lives and help prevent minor crashes from becoming major catastrophes.
•Do not engage in distracting behavior such as talking on a cell phone, texting, changing radio stations, eating, applying makeup, or talking to passengers.
Drivers are encouraged to avoid the congested road conditions often associated with construction zones by seeking alternate routes of travel. Drivers can learn the locations of road construction zones before they depart by calling INDOT’s TrafficWise at 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or on the internet at www.TrafficWise.IN.gov.