OKLAHOMA CITY — Construction on the Kilpatrick Turnpike is in full swing and while many drivers say it’s a headache, others say they are tired of seeing drivers speed through the work zones.
“I don’t know, it’s just annoying, it takes forever to get to work,” turnpike traveler Victoria Walker said.
The previous 70 m.p.h. speed limit has been reduced to 55 m.p.h.
“I think it was last week, I saw four different people pulled over in a row,” Victoria said.
OK Highway Patrol Capt. Chris West said they have no plans to slow down on the number of people they pull over and that they plan on adding more troopers to the Turnpike.
“We’re going to put extra troopers out here working over-time shifts to do our part and remind people to slow down, ” Capt. Chris West said.
Signs along the road remind drivers fines are double in a construction zone.
This means, if a worker is present and you drive one mile per hour or more over the limit, the minimum fine will be $375.
“So yeah, they could go up significantly, they can get in the $600 and $700 range pretty quick,” West said.
Even when workers are not present, drivers must abide by the 55 m.p.h. speed limit.
The fines will only be doubled when a worker is present.
“When you get into that construction zone and the speed limit is reduced, that is the speed limit whether workers are there or not,” Capt. West said.
Troopers said the best thing to do is pay attention and always be aware of your surroundings.
“There are lives on the line, not only for the people on the roads traveling, but the workers,” he said.
There are also signs along the road stating “no cellphone use.”
Those signs are just friendly reminders to be careful and Capt. Chris West said it is not illegal if you do use your cellphone while driving in Oklahoma.