Construction Workers Fed Up With I-75 Speeders 7-23-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Construction Workers Fed Up With I-75 Speeders 7-23-2010

Drive just about anywhere in Mid-Michigan right now and it seems like an orange barrel is blocking the way.
Or course, that should be a red flag to slow down, but several local construction workers say it’s just not happening.
So WNEM TV5’s Carrie Sharp went out armed with radar detector gun to see just how fast Mid-Michigan drivers were going through a road construction project along Interstate 75 in Saginaw.
The posted speed limit through the area is 45 mph, but TV5 caught most drivers going more than 70 mph.
Construction worker Jonathan McCracken said not only is that dangerous, but it’s also against the law.
"A lot of drivers are going about 70 miles an hour right by you -- about six feet away," he said. "You just got to watch your back at all times."
Several signs in the construction zone clearly read 60 mph and 45 mph when workers present. During the TV5 investigation, not one vehicle clocked was near the speed limit.
Police want remind drivers that it's considered a crime a worker is hit or killed. You could serve up to 15 years in prison and pay up to $7,500 in fines.
Speeding ticket fines also double in construction zones.
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