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Raleigh Police Target Workzone Speeders On Beltline

Posted August 24, 2004

— Raleigh police officers are cracking down on speeders in construction workzones on the Beltline.

Police say a spotter is clocking the speeders in the construction work zones and relays the information ahead to other officers. The officers then chase the speeders, pull them over and issue a ticket.

Authorities said 95 people received tickets Tuesday for infractions on the Beltline between New Bern Avenue and Poole Road.

"We've got cars coming through that are obviously just totally disregarding the speed limit," said Maj. Dennis Lane, of the Raleigh Police Department.

Lane said his enforcement unit is responding to hundreds of complaints from people who say speed is out of control in the workzone. There is also concern about wrecks. In March, a construction worker died when a car struck a hydraulic lift in the workzone.

"We see a lot of drivers who are just not slowing down and paying attention in the workzone, and that's what this is all about," Lane said. "We want motorists to slow down, pay attention so that we don't have any more accidents."

The speed limit is 60 miles per hour in the Beltline construction zone. No driver was ticketed for less than 75 mph. Police said the fastest speeder checked in at 86 mph.

Police arrested one person Tuesday for giving a false name and not having a driver's license.

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