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Operation Work Zone Safety Kicks Off

Reported: Jun. 2, 2014 12:52 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 2, 2014 1:19 PM EDT

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- (Dave Benton) Road construction season is upon us and that means drivers are expected to take it slowly when road crews are working.

The West Virginia State Police kicked off the Operation Work Zone Safety campaign Monday morning along I-64 between Hal Greer and 29th St. exits where construction is underway. The speed limit there is 50 mph and troopers are cracking down on drivers who break the law.

Lieutenant Michael Baylous said the West Virginia State Police will have several cruisers parked at each end of construction zones along I-64 checking for speeders. There are also troopers dressed as construction workers with radar guns in hand checking speed.

Retired police officer Danny Pauley was at the I-64 rest area, in the midst of the Work Zone Safety campaign. Pauley said he believes 50 mph is still too high for drivers.

"I really wonder if speed limit in some of these work zones ought to be less than what it is. I know a lot of motorists might be mad at me for saying that, especially being a retired law enforcement officer," Pauley said. "But, I'm a firm believer that they need to slow it down and need to give some tickets. I think that might help in saving a lot of people's lives."

Operation Work Zone Safety will run through November.

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