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Police busting speeders at work zones

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It's a zero tolerance policy as local police begin cracking down on drivers speeding through work zones.

MoDOT workers can be seen on roads and bridges across the area. But, while they're making the roads safer for us, they're asking motorists to slow down while they work.

Construction season starts next week, meaning more workers out on the roads.

"You do have to pay attention all the time and we look out for each other," said Simon Begley, Maintenance Supervisor for MoDOT.

Begley says even though many of the workers are used to traffic, they still have to be ready for anything.

"It can be a little bit nerve-wracking sometimes, with the traffic going by you," said Begley. "We just ask that the traveling public would slow down and watch out for us."

Palmyra Police is partnering up with MoDOT, bringing an increased police presence to work zones.

"They tend to be more observant looking for a police vehicle rather than a maintenance vehicle," said Palmyra Assistant Police Chief Ronald Peer.

Peer says he's spending more time looking for drivers dis-obeying the law at work zones.

"Slow down the speed that they have posted and if there's no actual work zone set up, if you see a MoDOT vehicle sitting along side the road stopped with its lights on you're supposed to move over," said Peer.

Unlike Illinois, it is not illegal to be on your phone in a work zone in both Missouri and Iowa, but it's not something Peer recommends doing.

"I think that contributes to their in-attention, maybe not seeing the vehicles," explained Peer.

A police presence is something Begley says is appreciated by MoDOT workers and is something drivers are beginning to notice.

"They do slow down so anything to make them aware of us being out there," said Begley.

Depending on what state you're in and how fast you're going, the cost for speeding in a work zone could cost you upwards of $500.

 

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