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Decatur Police determined to keep workers safe on Beltline

ALDOT is doing work on the Beltline. ALDOT is doing work on the Beltline.

The Decatur Police Department is cracking down on drivers on the Beltline as the Alabama Department of Transportation continues a major road project.

ALDOT is working to widen the Beltline, and the work area stretches for nearly three miles. Since the work began, the Decatur Police Department's traffic unit has been very busy.

This week, from Monday through Thursday, they issued more than 50 tickets in the construction zone.

The speed limit, normally 45 miles per hour, is mostly reduced to 35, with some areas reduced to 25.

Decatur Police said they're going to keep the area saturated with patrols throughout the project, not with the goal of writing more tickets but protecting the workers.

Road workers are very vulnerable, as evidenced by the January 16th accident which injured four workers on I65.

"They're having to concentrate on safely performing their job, whatever it is they happen to be doing as part of the road widening project, and at the same time, have to divide their attention to watch out for traffic. So we just want to make that as safe for them as possible," said Lieutenant John Crouch.

Rain or shine, if the workers are there or not, the reduced speed limits are intact, but speeders who get busted while workers are out will have to pay a whole lot more.

"Any time the workers are present, any speeding tickets that are given during those times when the workers are there, the fines are doubled," said Crouch.

ALDOT officials expect the work to be done by last this year or by early in 2014.

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