TPD cracking down on construction zone speeders

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 12/11/2012 6:36 pm Published: 12/11/2012 6:12 pm

Tulsa police are targeting drivers who speed through work zones on Highway 169 and other city streets east of Sheridan in TPD's Mingo Valley Division.

The main areas of focus, though, are on Hwy 169 around the Creek Turnpike, and Hwy 169 between 11th St. and Pine.

The goal is to get drivers to slow down and hopefully cut down on the number of collisions in those areas.

Despite there being five different signs warning of a lower speed limit in the construction zone in the two miles before the construction zone actually starts, officers say most drivers continue to go much faster than the 55 mph limit.

Louise Starr spends all day behind the wheel along Hwy 169 as a driver for Enterprise Rent-A-Car. She says drivers not only speed through the area, but are also often reckless.

"A lot of them," she said. "If I had a rock, you know, I'd have thrown it."

"We see them running red lights and everything else."

Through Friday, Officer Harold Goad and his traffic enforcement team in TPD's Mingo Valley Division are giving no warnings to speeders, just writing tickets.

"In a two hour period this morning I wrote nine tickets," Goad said.

During an hour-long ride with Goad on patrol Tuesday afternoon, FOX23 News saw him write four more tickets.

Goad said he expects to write at least 20 each day, and he's only one of eight officers working the operation.

"Well, the obvious [goal] is to slow people down," Goad said.

Probably 75 or 80 percent of the people that actually go through that zone are in excess of the speed limit.

And Goad says most people have some excuse or another.

"People will say 'I didn't know there was a construction zone,'" he said.

Like Goad, Starr sees that as a lame excuse, since the construction zone has been in place for close to a year.

"The drivers know when you come up on construction," Starr said. "And you've got to be conscious of the men out there working."

"Even if there wasn't a construction zone, there's a black and white speed limit sign that says the speed limit is 55, or the speed limit is 50," Goad said.

Speeding in a construction zone can cost a driver between $150 and $500 and up to 10 days in jail.

Last year there were 13 deaths in Oklahoma construction zones, including two construction workers.

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t town253 - 12/12/2012 10:32 AM
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Yea....its been almost a year...and not much to show for it is there???
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