UHP makes 135 traffic stops on first day of increased speed enforcement on I-15 in Lehi

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LEHI, Utah, Feb. 5, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Utah Highway Patrol made 135 traffic stops Monday during increased speed enforcement on Interstate 15 in Lehi, after UDOT crews working in the area expressed safety concerns.

“During today’s speed enforcement efforts on I-15 in Lehi, troopers made 135 traffic stops where they issued 106 traffic citations and 54 warnings,” the UHP tweeted.

In an effort to increase the safety of the teams working next to traffic and the overall safety of commuters in the area, UHP will be conducting dedicated speed enforcement for an indefinite amount of time in the corridor.

“UDOT crews working alongside traffic in the I-15 technology corridor are concerned with an observed increase in speed through the corridor,” said a news release from the Utah Highway Patrol. “The construction zone speed limit through the area is 60 miles per hour. However, crews and Utah County Highway Patrol troopers have observed frequent vehicle speeds of 75, 80, 85 and even 90 miles per hour through the corridor.”

“Speeds are frequently reduced in work zones throughout the state due to narrow lanes, changes to on-ramp or off-ramp locations, and the proximity of construction workers to traffic,” the statement continued.

“The speed reduction is even more necessary in inclement weather. In Utah, fines are doubled for traffic violations in work zones. However, initially UHP’s Tech Corridor enforcement will try to target an educational approach to inform drivers of these and additional work zone dangers.”


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