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DIGGING DEEPER: Police crack down on speeding in work zones

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- WBNG's Josh Martin went under cover to see how fast people drive through the Prospect Mountain work zone. Driving the speed limit, we saw first hand how fast people drive and how many disregard the 45 miles per hour zone. 

"It is very frustrating for [construction workers] to see someone traveling at 50,55,60 plus," Dave Hamburg of NYSDOT Region 9. "They count on these people to do the right thing and they count on law enforcement." 
     
NYSDOT says 70,000 vehicles pass through the 17/81 interchange every day and police are continuing to crack down on aggressive drivers to help prevent fatal crashes. 
     
"In Broome County alone there have been 11 fatal accidents with seven of them happening on either I-81 or Route 17," said New York State Police Capt. Scott Heggelke.
     
To get a closer look, Josh Martin rode along with Matt Maciak of the NYSP as he patrolled the Prospect Mountain work zone. 

"We can make special note as we travel through the work zone as to how many 45 miles per hour signs we will be passing by the time we get to the spot where we are going to run radar," Maciak said.
    
Maciak pointed out 12 signs from the Kirkwood exit heading west toward the work zone. He's a part of the Traffic Incident Management detail of State Police. The eight-person unit has issued more than 4,500 work zone tickets in Broome County so far this year -- with 3,000 of them coming in the Prospect mountain area. 
     
Seeing troopers stop several speeding vehicles affirmed what many of us already know. 

"Obviously taking enforcement action is effective but that is not our objective. Our objective is not to write more tickets. Our ultimate goal is to reduce crashes which prevents deaths and serious injuries."

NYSP encourage everyone to drive the speed limit through work zones and stay alert through them as well. 

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