The Colorado Department of Transportation is working with law enforcement agencies statewide to step up patrols in construction zones and to improve safety. CDOT is providing $125,000 to Colorado State Patrol and other agencies for the "Slow for the Cone Zone" campaign.
In 2004, Colorado had 1,886 crashes in work zones with 757 injuries and 14 deaths. Two of those deaths were construction workers hit by a drunk driver - Eladio Lopez and Paul Forster.
In 2005, the Colorado legislature passed the Lopez-Forster Act to honor them, and to double the fines within a work zone for any traffic violation. The law begins July 1.
Drivers who are ticketed in construction zones for speeding already have to pay double fines, after a law was passed in 1997.
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