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Police ticketing drivers in Central construction zone

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CENTRAL - Drivers might want to watch their speed in the Central area. Police are clocking drivers in a construction zone after lanes opened on Sullivan Road between the Central Thruway and Wax Road. So far, dozens of people have gotten tickets for going over the 35 mph speed limit.

Central Police Chief James Salsbury says there's a concern about construction crews still out there on the roads, in danger of speeding cars.

"Our main concern is the safety of these construction workers," said Salsbury. "That's what we're trying to maintain so they can finish this road and get it open so we can use it."

Tuesday morning, Central Police along with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office Traffic Division stopped 25 people in about 90 minutes. A man on his way to Baker was stopped by police, clocked at 62 mph. He was let off with a warning.

"We have a lot of construction going on, a lot of workers in the road and we're concerned for their safety," Salsbury told the driver.

The construction along Sullivan has been ongoing for a few years and is nearing completion in the fall. Until then, the speed limit will remain 35 mph.




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