Police Crack Down On Construction Zone Speeders

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Just in time for the Memorial Day weekend, PennDOT and state police are teaming up to crack down on speeding through construction zones. They are calling it Operation Yellow Jacket.

This construction season, PennDOT has more than 100 projects ongoing in Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties.

“Last year, there were 22 fatalities in work zones of Pennsylvania,” said Steve Cowen, of PennDOT. “Five of them right here in District 11.”

It’s for that reason that state police and PennDOT have announced the start of Operation Yellow Jacket. Its aim is really quite simple, get motorist to slow down in construction zones.

“Even though the construction zones might not be active when you’re going through them, you still need to obey the speeding limit throughout that construction zone,” said Trooper Robin Mungo, of the Pennsylvania State Police.

But why is it called Operation Yellow Jacket? It has nothing to do with getting stung by a high fine or some kind of speeding ticket; it actually has more to do with the color of the vehicle that might just catch you.

“We have a state trooper who is seated [in a] PennDOT vehicle. He’ll be running radar and we’ll have other vehicles out waiting to enforce,” added Trooper Mungo. “Any violation is a serious fine because there are a lot of things that go with that. Not to get into the insurance business but you’re looking at increased rates, you’re looking at having to appear before a magistrate. It’s best just to obey the speed limit and as long as you’re doing that and you’re obeying all traffic rules you won’t get pulled over.”

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  • Kirs

    That’s a pretty good set up – very unsuspecting. I mean, usually when you see a PennDOT worker, they are sitting in their truck, so the police have something here.

  • meh

    Thats funny Kirs.

    I liek.

  • ThinkingMan

    Good idea! If it works out well maybe they’ll expand it to cover non-construction zone areas as well. I remember when they raised the speed limit from 55 to 65 it was published in the newspapers that the police would start ticketing at 71 mph. I always thought that was fair, giving drivers the extra 5 mph. I generally stick to 70 mph and get passed by over half the other vehicles, some going easily 85-90 mph. Trust me, you’re just not that good…

  • Ace Slick

    It’s about time. This sort of enforcement should be done year round. Not just on holidays.

  • BR

    I saw numerous cars pulled over in both directions of 79 and 279 yesterday afternoon driving home from work. I will admit to regularly driving around 70 on the stretch from where 279 starts up through Camp Horne Road, because I think the speed limit of 55 is too slow for that stretch. I am routinely passed for going 70. I think the speed limit should be raised to 65.

    As for the construction zone, at peak times, there is so much traffic going through the Marshall construction zone that going 40mph is something that doesn’t happen. I don’t think speeders are the big problem in the Marshall construction zone in so much as the construction zone is a mess and was poorly designed. Speeding had nothing to do with the two accidents that happened in late April/early May in the Wexford area. I always adhere to the posted speed limits in a construction zone, but Penn DOT really dropped the ball on this Marshall project.

    Finally, where all the cars were pulled over yesterday weren’t even near the Marshall construction zone. It was all on the 279 stretch between Camp Horne Road and the 79/279 split where no construction is going on.

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