Police to crackdown on bad driving behavior in Winnebago County work zones

WINNEBAGO COUNTY - Sheriff's deputies want you to watch out for an increased police presence in work zones, after reports of poor driving behavior.

The Wisconsin State Patrol and the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office is teaming up to enforce the law in work zones Tuesday, May 9, on portions of I-41, US 10 and WIS 441 under construction in the Fox Cities.

There will be numerous State Troopers and Sheriff's Deputies will be looking and ticketing traffic law violators, aggressive drivers, speeders, tailgaters and distracted drivers.

Police say they're seeing a disturbing amount of drivers in work zones not paying attention. Since October 1st, 2016, it is illegal to talk on a handheld phone while driving in a Wisconsin road work zone. First offense is a $40.

Just in Winnebago County, work zone crashes have nearly tripled since 2014. Last year there were 239 crashes.

The Wisconsin 441 Tri-County Project contracts with the Wisconsin State Patrol to give extra law enforcement in the work zone.

Drivers ticketed in the work zone will see double the fine.


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