Drivers Breaking the Law in Construction Zones 4/12/13
CBS 7 News
April 12, 2013
Midland, TX - More traffic leads to wear and tear on the roads, which brings more construction that causes more congestion. It’s an endless cycle that’s almost impossible to avoid in a booming economy.
“Anytime you take a busy roadway and cut it down to one lane you just create traffic hazards,” said Sgt. Hunter Lewis, “Traffic on I20 is at an all-time high, but road construction is a necessary evil.”
He says a lack of patience could cost you a fine or even your life.
“People are cutting across the median to avoid construction zones and its causing wrecks,” he said, “We had to work one on the service road yesterday.”
These drivers have compromised the safety of the TxDot workers as well. They asked the Department of Public Safety for help as the employees work on a 15-mile-stretch of Interstate 20 three miles at a time.
“They help us a great deal anytime we have a crash they’re there to help us and anytime we can return the favor to make it safer on them by all means we can help them,” he said.
In the past two days Lewis says they've written over 150 tickets to drivers using the median as a shortcut.
“That’s just the people were coming in contact with,” he said, “And we are getting repeat offenders.”
Lewis says the main excuse drivers use when they’re caught is that they’re in a hurry.
The speed limit is reduced to 60 MPH hour on the interstate in a construction zone.
The service road is set at 55 MPH
Troopers argue that you're really not saving that much time switching roads.
“We want people to see us and voluntarily obey the laws and not cut across the divided highway,” Lewis said.