Bigger penalties for construction zone speeding

ROCHESTER, Minn.- Local officials talked about the new fines for speeding through construction work zones. “It’s just putting a little more weight on the fact that people need to slow down and respect the safety of those working those zones to make our roads better for us,” Lt. Dan Lewis with the Minnesota State Patrol said.

 

The AP story on the changes is below:

 

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Getting caught speeding through a road construction work zone is about to get more costly in Minnesota.

Starting Friday, the offense comes with an automatic $300 fine plus the normal traffic ticket surcharges. That’s under a new state law approved during the legislative session.

Officials from the Department of Transportation, a highway contractor and the State Patrol planned a news conference Monday to highlight the change. They hope the steeper penalty will serve as a deterrent.

From 2010 through 2013, there were 31 fatalities in work-zone crashes, according to the Minnesota transportation department. There were more than 7,200 work-zone crashes in that span.

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