FAIRBANKS, Alaska. (KTVF) On Monday morning, the Alaska State Troopers (AST) conducted targeted traffic enforcement within the construction zone on Richardson Highway, which has a 45 mile per hour maximum speed.
Currently the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is resurfacing the Richardson Highway on the north and south bound lanes between the Badger Road over pass and Milepost 352.
Sergeant Aaron Mobley with Alaska State Troopers says they have had multiple complaints of people speeding in the construction zone -- 20 miles over the speed limit and more.
“This morning we had an overlap of shifts between grave shift and day shift. We had about ten extra troopers on the road, so this morning I decided to do a target enforcement of traffic between six o’clock this morning and eight o’clock to try to get traffic to slow down. So we were out there enforcing speed itself, nothing else but speed, trying to get the motorists coming in from North Pole to slow down coming into Fairbanks,” said Mobley.
AST had nine patrol troopers conducting traffic stops to slow down speeders -- and in the two-hour window, troopers conducted 31 traffic stops, issued 14 warnings, and issued over 10 citations.
“It’s a very tight area that they’re working through. The workers are on the side of the road, [and] we’re trying to protect them so they can get the Richardson Highway done and they’re not having to stop work because of traffic congestion and accidents in the area. So if we’re out there enforcing it, and [if] people would abide by the 45 mile per hour zone, it’s going to make things a lot smoother for everybody out there,” said Mobley.
Mobley says there was also one physical arrest.
"The individual was issued a citation. When she went to speed off, she actually snatched the ticket or citation from the trooper, and there was another trooper on the side of her car. She almost ran over him, and he had to jump out of the way. So she was actually taken to jail for assault on a police officer," said Mobley.
Troopers ask drivers to slow down and obey the reduced speeds in construction zones. They also remind drivers that fines within the construction zone are doubled and can be up to $600.
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