Police Stepping Up Speed Limit Enforcement on 69 Hwy

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- If your commute takes you on 69 Highway in Johnson County, you might want to ease off the gas pedal as police say that they will be cracking down on speeders in the highway's construction zones.

The Overland Park Police Department says that they will be stepping up their enforcement of the 55-mile per hour speed limit in construction zones between I-35 and West 119th Street on Wednesday morning.

According to OPPD Chief John Douglass, there have been over 70 accidents along that stretch of 69 Highway in the last four months. He says that the majority of these accidents can be directly attributed to drivers not allowing enough stopping distance, or following too closely.

Douglass says that the fine for speeding 10 miles over the limit in Overland Park Municipal Court is $101, and getting stopped in a construction zone greatly increases that amount.

The Kansas Department of Transportation says that construction along 69 Highway is expected to continue into 2013.

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