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No More Excuses: Don't speed this 'Work Zone Awareness Week'

Posted at 7:03 AM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 09:32:30-04

RACINE -- This 'Work Zone Awareness Week' Wisconsin State Patrol showed us what construction workers and troopers are up against to keep you safe.

Master Trooper Dan Schmidt hears loads of excuses from speeders, including one during the Monday morning rush hour.

"She was headed to Starbucks! And I'm like, 'Do you work there?' [She said] 'No... I wanna get my coffee,'" said Schmidt.

He's out reminding drivers a cup of coffee, is not worth your life, or his.

More than 3,100 crashes were reported in work zones state wide last year, hurting more than 1,200 and killing nine people.

"The construction workers have been complaining about the speeds being up," said Schmidt while driving on I-94 in the Foxconn road expansion area, "This is a 60 mph speed limit zone and there's still people who think they can go 70 or even 80 miles per hour."

Construction workers have little to no protection, which it why it's so important not to speed and stay off your phone.