Lubbock Drivers: Slow Down in Construction Zones or It'll Cost You - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/6/03

Lubbock Drivers: Slow Down in Construction Zones or It'll Cost You

Traffic is building up on the loop as a result of this construction. So when you see work signs, you better pay attention. Not just for your safety, but also because of stiff penalties.

For the next ten years in Lubbock, you'll be seeing a lot of traffic. Construction poses many hazards, like merging lanes, heavy equipment, workers walking around, which generally increases the chances for more vehicular crashes.

"Many times that results in people being killed or injured," said Patrol Sergeant Ronny Sowell. In June of 2001, a man was killed when another driver rear-ended him on the west Loop. It was part of the Loop that was under construction.

It boils down to paying attention. Road construction worker Tony Fernandez says his job is very dangerous when drivers are speeding. "Walking around, a lot of the times, you don't see the cars coming," said Tony.

It's the law to slow down through construction zones. This is what the law says: if there's a work sign and if there are workmen present, then the fines double. You could pay as much as $443 for that fine. But it's double than what you'd pay speeding through a school zone. A school zone speeding violation could cost as much as $200.

Municipal Judge Robert Doty says most people aren't aware that speeding through work zones is a much stiffer penalty. "I don't think people recognize it the same way they do a school zone situation," says the Judge.

So for the next ten years at least, expect traffic through construction zones. Sgt. Sowell told NewsChannel 11 it's a good idea to avoid driving through the construction zone as much as you can. In other words, find an alternate route.

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