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The intersection conflict warning system activated in Warren County June 24.

WARREN AND VIGO COUNTIES, Ind. – Drivers in Warren and Vigo counties will begin utilizing one of Indiana Department of Transportation’s new Intersection Conflict Warning Systems (ICWS), according to information from INDOT.

The ICWS was activated at the intersection of State Road 63 and State Road 28 Thursday, June 24 around 10 a.m.

Crews then moved to Terre Haute and activated the signs located at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Evans Ave.

The primary feature of the ICWS is an added alert for drivers to raise awareness of approaching traffic at two-way stop-controlled intersections. The ICWS uses vehicle detectors under the pavement with fixed and variable messages in signing along with flashing lights to notify drivers on both roads whether there is an approaching or waiting vehicle. The system includes signs and flashing amber warning lights that provide drivers with a real-time warning of vehicles either approaching the intersection on the major road or waiting at the stop sign to enter the intersection from the minor road.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, Intersection Conflict Warning Systems can reduce severe crashes at intersections by 20 to 30 percent.

Drivers should still use caution when travelling through the intersection and obey all posted traffic signs, even when lights are not flashing.

Stay InformedMotorists in West Central Indiana can monitor road closures, road conditions, and traffic alerts any time via several social media opportunities.

About the Indiana Hands-Free Law In 2019, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute reported that distracted driving from mobile devices was a factor in at least 1,263 crashes and three fatal crashes. To make Hoosier roads safer, Governor Eric J. Holcomb signed the Indiana Hands-Free law to reduce distracted driving across the state. Beginning July 1, 2020, drivers are prohibited from holding a mobile device, except in emergencies, while their vehicles are moving. For more information on the new law visit www.HandsFreeIndiana.com. Hands-Free Indiana is a partnership between the Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana State Police, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Indiana Constructors Inc., Indiana Motor Truck Association and ACEC Indiana.

Over the past 100 years, INDOT has transformed the state of Indiana into the Crossroads of America we know today. With six district offices and 3,500 employees, the agency is responsible for constructing and maintaining more than 29,000 lane miles of highways, more than 5,700 bridges, and supporting 4,500 rail miles and 117 airports across the state. Indiana once again ranked #1 in the U.S. for infrastructure in CNBC’s 2019 “America’s Top States for Business” ranking. Learn more about INDOT at in.gov/indot.

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