Friday, May 2, 2014

Construction Zone Overtime Enforcement

            Bismarck, N.D. –North Dakota Highway Patrol troopers are working overtime hours in construction zone areas. Extra patrol hours will supplement regular hours through October 31. Road construction requires reduced speed zones, reduced lanes for traffic, reduced width, and more awareness to the hazards of moving traffic within work zones.

            Motorists can expect enhanced enforcement during hours of peak traffic and when workers are engaged in construction. All traffic laws will be strictly enforced. Motorists will be cited for following too close, speeding, passing in a no passing zone, and improper lane changes, as well as other violations.

            Last year, troopers issued 955 citations during construction zone overtime, including 588 speed-related citations, 139 seat belt and child restraint violations, and seven alcohol-related offenses.

            Slow down, increase following distance, and be aware of construction workers and other vehicles while traveling through construction zones. The NDHP is asking all motorists to work together to ensure safety for both highway workers and motorists.