Troopers focus on road safety through construction zones

A state police trooper uses a laser gun to check for people speeding on I-95. (WTNH / Noelle Gardner)
A state police trooper uses a laser gun to check for people speeding on I-95. (WTNH / Noelle Gardner)

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut state police will be keeping an extra eye on workzones as part of a road safety campaign this week.

If you’re caught speeding near a work zone on the highway you could get pulled over and given a ticket. It’s part of an awareness program for the public called Operation Big Orange. State police say drivers come dangerously close to workers, especially on the Moses Wheeler Bridge job along the I-95 corridor in Milford and Stratford.

“On the south bound side they are working on the bridge decking which is going to extend between the new sections on the north and south bounds sides, said state police Sgt. John Jacobi, “and the workers are probably two to three feet away from the operators traveling in the left lane.”

Day and night you can expect to see more troopers.

“During the morning commuting hours we have troopers working highway incident management, which is federally funded through the Department of Transportation so we will have extra patrols on the bridge,” Sgt. Jacobi said.

Troopers will monitor the work zones in every part of the state.

“It’s not just 95,” Sgt. Jacobi said. “We have a huge construction project going on in the 91/95 interchange and it’s been going on for years. We have ongoing projects on Route 8 area, a large project in Norwalk, so all areas of Connecticut we are focusing on work zones.”

Troopers use hand-held laser guns from about 2,000 feet away to determine the speed. In three one-thousandths of a second the speed shows up.

If you’re caught speeding in a work zone fines are upwards of $450.

“Be aware of the work zones and be courteous of the safety for the workers,” Sgt. Jacobi said.

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