Fines to Increase for those Caught Speeding in Minn. Construction Zones

Updated: 07/28/2014 5:02 PM
Created: 07/27/2014 1:30 PM
By: Megan Stewart

The penalty for speeding in construction zones on Minnesota roads will ramp up this week.

Starting Friday, drivers caught speeding in work zones will face a $300 fine, in addition to speeding ticket charges. It's part of a new law approved in this year's legislative session.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation commissioner and the widow of a construction worker killed by a driver in a work zone held a news conference Monday to remind drivers to slow down in work zones.

Craig Carlson and Ron Rajkowski were killed along Interstate 35W in Burnsville in 2011, while working on a cable line for Egan Companies.

"Craig had often talked about the hazards of working along the side of a busy road in Minnesota, and one of the things he told me and my children was that the only warning that he and the others in the road crew would get [was] the screech of brakes when the accident would happen," said Deb Carlson, widow of construction worker.

Carlson says even more needs to be done to protect roadside workers, but increasing fines is a good start.

A construction zone is considered to be anywhere you see workers, flaggers and surveyors in bright yellow-green or orange vests. The zones are also marked with orange cones, concrete barriers, traffic control devices or vehicles with flashers.

They operate day and night throughout Minnesota.

Photo: KSTP/File

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