While I support increased penalties and enforcement in highway work zones, I encourage the Transportation Department to promptly remove work-zone signs when work is completed. Too often, such signs are left up for weeks, even months after projects are done. Drivers soon disregard them and begin to question the validity of other work-zone signs.
The goal should not be just to catch violators but to get people to drive safely and create a safe work environment. Taking down the signs when projects are completed will help validate those in active work zones and give drivers confidence that nobody is crying wolf.