Westfield cracks down on speeding drivers

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WESTFIELD, Ind. (WISH) — The Westfield Police Department is cracking down on speeding, focusing on the U.S. 31 construction zone, the surrounding neighborhood and city streets.

Officer Mike Wheeler says the department received complaints of speeding every day, which prompted the department to take action. The department put two officers in unmarked police cars on the roads, looking for speeding drivers.

“We can blend in. We can become a part of the general traffic and people are going to disobey the law because they don’t see a marked police car,” Wheeler said.

Construction workers on U.S. 31 said it’s often nerve racking working so close to speeding cars.

“It’s not just someone out on the side of the road doing a quick job — that’s a life. It’s terrifying to be out there sometimes,” said Luke Kahren, a project manager working on U.S. 31.

Officer Wheeler said the drivers have become accustomed to the work zone and now speed through it.

“The construction has been going on for about a year now and we still get cars going at more than 70 mph on a daily basis,” Wheeler said.

24-Hour News 8 rode a long with Officer Wheeler. He pulled over four drivers going over the speed limit. The tickets will cost the drivers around $180. Several workers say they’ve noticed a difference since officers started patrolling in unmarked cars.

“They’ve done a fantastic job patrolling the area and trying to get the commuters to slow down,” Kahren said.

Both construction workers and police officers hope the crackdown will encourage drivers to slow down and keep pedestrians, other drivers and construction crews safe.

“We’ve had accidents and unfortunately in the city of Indianapolis we’ve had deaths because people weren’t paying attention,” Kahren said.

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