Cracking Down on Speeders in I-64 Construction Zone

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- If you start to notice some extra activity on Interstate 64, it may look like regular construction, but if you take a closer look you’ll find West Virginia State Police troopers.

Troopers began cracking down on people speeding through work zones Monday.

The West Virginia Department of Transportation, along with West Virginia State Police, launched a new campaign called Work Zone Safety Danger Zone. It is an effort to prevent crashes and make work zones safer for construction workers and motorists.

Troopers were stationed along Interstate 64 in the construction zone between the 29th Street exit and the 16th Street exit.

State Police Lt. Michael Baylous said he hopes to shed some light on the dangers of distracted driving and speeding in work zones and hopefully their presence in the area is enough to help.

“We can sit out here and write tickets all day, but that's not what it's about, this is purely about highway safety,” Baylous said. “If we can get the message out and get people to slow down. I'd rather have that happen then be out here issuing citations."

Whether or not tickets are given out, Baylous is satisfied as long as the program works.

“This is very serious business,” Baylous said. “We want these workers to make it home safe to their family every evening after a hard day's work.”

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