Trooper cites work zone speeding driver

Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Indiana State Police is often tasked with providing safety and security to construction workers working along our roadways. An example of why the ISP works overtime in the work zones occurred Friday morning along a rural stretch of Interstate 70 near the 37-mile marker.

Master Trooper Kent Winstead of the Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division was working extra patrol in the construction zone at 9:39 a.m. Friday and obtained VASCAR clocks of 99, 99, 100, and 103.2 mph on an eastbound red 2013 Volkswagon Jetta, just feet away from the construction workers.

The vehicle was stopped and the driver identified as Steven F. Abboud, age 25, of St. Louis. Abboud was reportedly en route to visit family in Ohio. He was cited and released from the scene.

The Indiana Work Zone Safety Law was revised in July 2011 and set steeper penalties for driving infractions within highway work zones.

Under this law, first time speeding citations in the work zone is a minimum of $300, the second offense increases the minimum fine to $500, and for a third offense in three years, $1000.

Motorists who drive recklessly or aggressively through work zones face fines up to $5,000. Drivers who injure or kill a highway worker may end up paying a $10,000 fine or serving up to eight years in jail. Fines generated from the work zone law are used to fund additional police patrols in and around the work zones.

The Indiana State Police along with the Indiana Department of Transportation remind motorists of the risks these workers face every day on our roadways. Drivers are urged to slow down, be patient, do not use cell phones, obey work zone traffic regulations, and use caution at all times.

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  • He was cited and released??? He could have hit someone and still got away. I don't think this article is a good reflection of the state police nor its actions.

    -- Posted by donantonioelsabio on Sat, Jun 29, 2013, at 9:44 AM
  • He wasn't detained because he didn't injure or kill anyone. Although considering the speed he was traveling, I would think he deserves the maximum fine of five grand.

    -- Posted by WONDER on Sat, Jun 29, 2013, at 10:30 AM
  • Why not start the fines at $1000 and tack a wreckless endangerment in a construction zone of $300 on top of that?? THEN and only THEN will we get a handle on the speeding issue down I70 - which has one of the highest death tolls along that stretch of road.

    -- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Jul 3, 2013, at 11:59 AM
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