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Good Question: Does a construction worker have the right to direct traffic?

This summer has been one of constant construction in and around Lexington.

For many drivers its left them dodging a lot of obstacles.

Good Question: Michele in Lexington-Does a construction worker have the right to direct traffic?

We've all been there, stuck in traffic amid the orange construction barrels.

Chances are you may have been directed through a congested area recently by a construction worker, believe it or not police say that's okay.

"On construction sites the Division of Police doesn't have enough resources to do traffic control in every major construction project, so we rely on the contractor to provide a form of traffic control at all of those sites," said Sergeant Pat Murray with Lexington Police.

In some cases construction might alter traffic patterns, we asked Sergeant Murray, what if a worker wants to usher me through a red light, if they don't have the ability to arrest, do we have to obey?

"It would be a good idea to obey," says Sergeant Murray.

Its all about keeping a sense of order when construction causes for backups.

Police say being alert and cautious is a must for drivers.

'At any manual traffic control situation the motorist should caution and look both ways before they proceed through the intersection."

What if there's an accident who's responsible?

"accidents, most are civil in nature, its going to have to be done through the contractor and the insurance people, its going to be a civil issue," says Sergeant Murray.


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