Police Closely Monitor Construction Zones

Police Closely Monitor Construction Zones

Police Closely Monitor Construction Zones

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MOBILE, Ala. -

The posted speed limit in a construction zone is 50 mph, but when you top out at over 70 law enforcement will be ready to write those citations.

Sgt. Jeff Eiland with the Mobile County Sheriff's Office took News 5's Blake Brown for a ride along Interstate 10 Thursday, through one of the busiest construction zones. The stretch of roadway near Tillman's Corner has seen it's fair share of accidents since construction began, and law enforcement is wanting to put an end to that.
 
"Pay attention, watch out for other cars because if you have a car that's doing the speed limit and you're going over 70 mph, you come up on them quick, your action time is a little delayed," said Eiland.

News 5 was with law enforcement for about 30 minutes and we made about 5 traffic stops during that time.

When drivers speed through construction zones everyone's at risk, including the workers that are present.
 
"The workers in the construction zone are in danger but 9 times out of 10 the crashes caused in work zones are caused by motorists and the majority of the injuries are the folks that are driving, not the folks that are working in the construction zone," says Rebecca White with ALDOT.
  
"We see 70mph+ through here. I start stopping people at 70 mph which is 20 over the posted speed limit, I've got them all the way up into the 90's," Eiland said.

Construction is expected to be complete sometime in June. Until then, you can bet that officers will be clocking your speed day and night. 

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