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More than 1,200 speeding citations issued in Putnam County construction zone

More than 1,200 traffic citations have been given out in just the last week in the Interstate 64 construction zone in Putnam County. (WCHS/WVAH)

More than 1,200 traffic citations have been given out in just the last week in the Interstate 64 construction zone in Putnam County.

After three fatal accidents last month, the Department of Transportation reduced the speed limit and increased patrols in that area.

In that construction zone, the speed limit is 55 mph not just when workers are out or when the lights are flashing, but all the time.

Kris Binkowski doesn't drive the stretch between Hurricane and Milton often, but her daughter does.

"As far as I'm concerned, I-64 has never been wonderful. She does tell me when the serious accidents do happen," Binkowski said.

Those accidents are what the Department of Transportation is trying to prevent by reducing the speed limit, adding temporary rumble strips and more signs.

Law enforcement has stepped up patrols drastically hoping no one else is injured or killed.

"The ultimate price is someone losing their life," West Virginia State Police Capt. Reggie Patterson said.

Since those changes were made, Hurricane police have issued 161 citations for speeding, Putnam County deputies issued 242 and State Police issued 406, on top of several hundred other traffic violations.

"I definitely feel safer for her safety," Binkowski said of her daughter.

Binkowski considers these patrols just one more way law enforcement put their lives on the line every day.

"I work at a grocery store and every time one comes in or a fireman comes in, I thank them and they say, 'For what?' and I say, 'For protecting us'. You have to be a special kind of person to do that," Binkowski said.

For Capt. Patterson, the part of his job spent patrolling the interstate is all about teaching people the safest way to get where they are going.

"It's 55 whether night or day, whether workers are present or not, and if they get that concept, I think it will be safer for everyone on the road," Patterson said.

Milton police added more patrols on Monday.

Since lowering the speed limit and upping patrols, no one has died on the stretch of I-64.


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