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WA State Troopers Catching Speeders Near Blue Bridge Construction

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KENNEWICK, Wash-- The State Patrol is out in full force catching speeders near the Blue Bridge construction site. Many drivers have not adjusted to the lowered speed limit of 45 miles an hour.

You can't miss the flashing lights on both sides of State Route 240 and around the Blue Bridge, it's the State Patrol and they want drivers to slow down.

While construction continues around the Blue Bridge the speed limit has been dropped to 45 miles-an-hour for safety reasons. The lower speed makes it safer for trucks pulling out and workers on the side of the road.

The base fines for speeding in a construction zone are doubled. A ticket for going over ten miles an hour is more than $230, and if you're caught going 20 over the limit, you'll land a ticket for $300.

"The public needs to know that we're not trying to generate tickets out there, that's not our point. We're giving away more warnings than actually citing people. We just want people to slow down and be safe," said Sgt. Zach Elmore, Washington State Patrol.

State Troopers do not have to make quotas for writing tickets and none of the money from these construction zone tickets actually goes to their department. State Patrol is emphasizing this area so drivers slow down and accidents are prevented. Make sure you look for the orange signs that say 45 miles an hour.