Pa. troopers to pose as road workers to nab speeders

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In observance of National Work Zone Awareness Week, which started Monday, state police who patrol the Pennsylvania Turnpike will launch Operation Orange Squeeze to nab drivers who disobey the lower speed limits in construction areas.

Troopers stationed in construction trucks will monitor speeds with radar, with other troopers waiting beyond the work zone to pull offenders over, said Capt. Gregory M. Bacher, commander of the troop that patrols the turnpike.

“Fines for certain traffic violations, including speeding, are doubled in active work zones. The state police will have zero tolerance for unsafe and aggressive work zone driving,” Capt. Bacher said in a news release.

Construction will be more widespread this year, on and off the turnpike. The turnpike plans 62 road and bridge projects this year, costing $1.3 billion. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation expects to spend $2.1 billion, $600 million more than originally planned, because of increased funding from the state’s new transportation law.

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