BELL COUNTY (July 31, 2014) Police in Killeen and Harker Heights have handed out more tickets recently since construction along Highway 190 branched out.
Authorities said the main issue is drivers speeding through the construction zones. "We see a lot of rear end collisions where they are traveling to fast and too close to the car in front of them," said Cpl. Randy Stefek, Harker Heights Police Department. "We have increased a little bit of enforcement through the area due to all the crashes that are occurring. We are trying to reduce those numbers by doing education through enforcement procedures."
He said he gave out at least 20 tickets this week.
Drivers are reminded to follow posted signs, and speed limits. "When you drive though one area one day it may be changed the next day," he said. "Where there's maybe a lane shift or a lane closure, so you are always having to be vigilant
Some drivers are even concerned about the dangers along the highway. "I kind of hate it," said Kim Warner, Killeen resident. 'It's not safe at all just with merging on I've never felt I'd be in an accident more than here. Blinkers are not overrated."
Police said to avoid any distractions, such as using cell phones, while out on the road. "You still have some good drivers out there that will obey the laws and will drive in a defensive manner while other still tend to drive in a more aggressive manner."
Drivers are also advised to slow down or move over when passing by construction crews out on the highway.
"I think in the long run the expansion will be really good. It will help the flow of traffic," said Suzette Hines, Killeen resident.