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Construction season gears up for Northwest Ohio

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The aftermath of the brutal season left many local roads littered with potholes.    Now it's time to undo some of the damage.   The orange barrel season is just getting started, but they're already popping up everywhere.

Toledo driver Mary Eblin still has to fix a front shock that broke this winter after she went over a large pothole.  Eblin doesn't enjoy the construction slowdowns, but says it does feel good when she sees the street problems getting fixed.

"It's very annoying with the traffic and holes and everything," says Eblin. "It's damaging vehicles and it's damaged my vehicle.  The whole city is messed up from these roads, it's pretty bad."

It may seem like common sense to slow down, but troopers say speeding is their top violation in construction zones.  Other dangerous practices include distracted driving, improper lane changes and following cars too closely.  All of these dangerous practices put construction workers lives at risk.  If caught, drivers could face big fines and points on their license.

"Drivers need to make sure they're paying attention," recommends Lt. William Bowers with the Toledo OSHP Post.  "If it's a $100 speeding ticket, it'll be a $200 speeding ticket. And the courts are usually pretty good about making sure they do enforce that penalty."

Troopers will do extra patrols in work zones if needed, but say drivers can do their part by simply slowing down.

"It's hazardous for all parties involved when you start not following the construction signs," says Lt. Bowers.


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