Minn. Drivers Speeding Through Work Zones

Updated: 05/08/2013 8:06 PM KSTP.com By: Katherine Johnson

In just 30 minutes out on Interstate 494 in Edina, nearly every driver was speeding through the MnDOT construction zone. 

A school bus even zoomed by going nearly 20 miles over the 50 mph speed limit.

"The guys working on the side of the road are your neighbors, your relatives. 

They're just trying to do their job and get home every day in a very dangerous environment... especially when you have traffic at high speeds," said Lt. Eric Roeske with MN State Patrol.

In 2011, electricians Craig Carlson and Ronald Rajkowski were killed by a speeding driver on 35W in Burnsville.  

They are two of the 90 people killed in Minnesota work zone crashes over the last ten years.
Lt. Roeske says the majority of those injured or killed are the drivers themselves.

"You're really putting yourself at risk," he said.

With an average of 1,800 crashes in construction zones each year, a doubled fine isn't the only damage these drivers could face.