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Michigan State Police patrolling construction zones

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They say that you know it’s spring in Michigan when the roads start sprouting orange barrels, but state troopers are increasing patrols in some construction work zone areas.

Last year there were 14 deaths in construction zones. And that number was way lower because the pandemic meant fewer people on the road.

Michigan State Police say too many people don’t reduce their speed, or they’re distracted.

Sergeant Kim Vetter says in some problem areas, patrols are doubled.

“Yes, so, hopefully just the presence of the troopers alone will help to slow people down and keep the work place safer, but enforcement certainly does help reinforce that.”

She says pay attention, reduce your speed to 60 miles per hour in a work zone and 45 if you see workers.