TPD cracking down on speeders on highways, in construction zones

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 3/07/2013 9:20 am Published: 3/06/2013 6:12 pm

No driver is eager to see flashing red lights in their rear view mirror, but in March more Tulsans may end up seeing those lights as Tulsa police focus on people speeding in construction zones and on highways.

Specifically, they will zero in on Highway 169 and the Broken Arrow Expressway.

Officers say roughly one quarter of drivers on Hwy. 169 go more than 10 miles an hour over the speed limit, and that's what they're trying to put a stop to.

"Reduce the speed violations and hopefully reduce some of the collisions we have on 169," Officer Harold Goad said.

But Goad said officers aren't going to stop every car going a few miles an hour over the limit.

"The ones we look for are the ones excessively speeding and what we call aggressive driving, where they fail to signal when they change lanes, or they weave in and out of traffic," Goad said.

In other words, the ones who cause accidents, like the one Goad worked Wednesday morning in which a woman was going too fast and couldn't slow down in time for slower rush hour traffic going southbound on Hwy. 169 near I-44.

But it's not just Hwy. 169 that TPD is focusing on.

"We have a lot of rear-end collisions up on the Broken Arrow Expressway."

And the interchange between the two highways is one of the most problematic areas in all of Tulsa.

"A lot of people don't realize that when they get on the highway they're supposed to yield to the traffic that's already on the highway, rather than the highway traffic yielding to them," Goad said. "And we have some collisions at those intersections."

But speeding is by far the biggest problem.

While FOX23 News road along with Ofc. Goad for about an hour he stopped four vehicles, each for speeding. They ranged from nine to 19 miles an hour over the speed limit.

It's a problem that makes Katy Inks afraid every time she gets behind the wheel.

"[It's] real widespread," Inks said. "Everywhere you go they're speeding, even in school zones. They just keep going."

And Inks said they're not just going a few miles over.

"At least 10 to 15... at least," she said.

So Inks makes sure she doesn't contribute to the problem.

"I have a cruise control that I set on my car everywhere I go so I do not try to speed," she said.

"And so far it has worked for her.

"Thanks fully I've never had a ticket."

As part of the enforcement operation officers will not be giving out any warnings to people they pull over, only tickets that range from $150 to $500.

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Unwashed Mass - 3/6/2013 9:03 PM
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How many citations do the have to give out to meet the "performance goals" to collect the grant money, and is there a time limit?
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