OHP cracks down on construction zone speeders

Last Update: 5:48 pm

This is the time of year when many new construction projects are just getting underway. Unfortunately, that also means it's only the beginning for the aggravation that comes with lane closures and traffic back-ups.
While construction barricades and cones are hard to miss, Highway Patrol Troopers say some drivers aren't paying them much attention. So troopers are writing tickets to drivers to make sure that changes.
Trooper Brian Warren wants to make sure drivers keep their speeds slow through construction zones, in an effort to keep motorists and construction workers safe.
Warren and other troopers are keeping a close eye on construction zones, especially during rush hour. If drivers don't watch their speed, they could get slapped with a very expensive ticket, because the price doubles in construction zones.
The minimum speeding citation from the Highway Patrol is for going one to 10 miles per hour over the limit. That now costs $188. That means anyone caught speeding in a construction zone will face a minimum fine of almost $400.
Warren says, "If we have to write a ticket to get them to slow down and pay attention to what they are doing, we're going to do it."
Not only are construction zone citations expensive, they add points to your driving record. That will make your insurance premiums go up as well.