Construction zone close call leads to speed crack down

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A speed detail in the construction zone along Interstate 95's Union Street bridge project brought in about $10,000 dollars in fines in just two hours.

State Police set up that detail after a construction worker had to jump out of the way of a speeding vehicle in the construction zone last week.

Trooper Trevor Snow said he pulled over several drivers going at least 15 miles per hour over the posted 45 mile per hour speed limit.

"The safety of the workers is paramount," Snow said. "And I think we have an obligation and a duty to do everything we can to make that work environment for that construction crew and for other motorists travelling through the construction crew as safe an area as possible."

With fines doubled in the construction zone, tickets can range anywhere from $264 to $516. Going 30 or more miles per hour over is a criminal violation, and can lead to an arrest.

The construction worker involved in the close call, Ryan Turner, said drivers have a hard time seeing the impact slowing down a few miles per hour can have on the safety of the workers.

"When guys like me are out there tearing down and setting up closures at peak hours of the day, the slower speeds give us more time to react, more time to make good judgment calls when to cross the interstate, when to place things where," Turner said.

Snow said police will be setting up more details in this area in the future.


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