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State Police Crack Down on Speeders in Work Zones

April 8, 2005 --Posted at 2:36 CDT

JONESBORO - As summer traffic increases so do construction zones on highways. The main hazard is speeders near construction workers.

The Arkansas State Police and transportation department are teaming up for National Work Zone Awareness week. This year's theme is, "Slow Up or Pay Up".

"I got hit once by a car and he slowed down but he hit me in the leg. It didn't really hurt but it was scary," said one former highway worker.

Nearly 900 other people hit in constructions zones every year aren't so lucky....they die. Usually due to speeders.

This week the crack down is on, officers across the nation are concentrating on construction zones. They are operating under a zero tolerance policy.

Traffic violation fines double in construction zones when workers are present. The minimum fine for a first offense can be 100-dollars or more.

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