As Loop Construction Gets Worse, Police Urge You to Slow Down - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/17/04

As Loop Construction Gets Worse, Police Urge You to Slow Down

The West Loop construction isn't going anywhere, if anything it's about to get worse, as upcoming closures may cause more congestion. But police say everyday, drivers speed through here with no regard for the construction workers or the posted construction speed limits.

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"As you know that construction zone now has totally been redesigned to 50 miles per hour maximum. And we've got unfortunately just disregard for that and people just aren't paying attention," says LPD Sergeant Ronnie Sowell. He says they've beefed up the number of officers on the West Loop to try to put an end to the high speeds.

"We've been seeing a lot of speeds in the 70's and there's no where on the Loop. We had one the other day at 89, she was late to the airport but high 60's and 70's are what we're seeing," says Sowell.

Sowell says they've issued a number of citations in the last few weeks and they won't give up. That's because the high speeds aren't only dangerous to the drivers on the loop but also to the construction workers on the job.

"The reason we want people to slow down is because if they have to take evasive action, they have more control of their vehicles in other words if they are traveling you know 60 plus everything slows down, your reaction time, your ability to stop. Just your safety factor in general is impacted," says Sowell. And one more note, all fines double if you get a ticket in a construction zone.

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