10 News Investigators: State Road 60 citations surge; FDOT paying FHP to patrol

10:56 AM, Jan 9, 2012   |    comments
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After a tip from a viewer, the 10 News Investigators discovered FDOT was covering speed limit signs with plastic bags.


PLANT CITY, Florida - Drivers along SR-60 near Turkey Creek Rd. will want to tap the brakes as Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) has increased its enforcement near the construction area.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is paying for the troopers' presence -- and citation-writing -- during the road project.

But after a tip from a viewer, the 10 News Investigators discovered FDOT was covering speed limit signs with plastic bags -- an apparent violation of federal guidelines that suggest speed limit signs be posted after every major intersection.

Drivers pulling onto SR-60 westbound at SR-39 go nearly three miles without seeing a posted speed limit. Similarly, there are no signs posted for miles for drivers pulling onto SR-60 eastbound at Turkey Creek Rd.

FHP wrote over 200 citations in the area from Nov. 25 to Dec. 22, but claims it is being lenient in enforcement. It wrote 225 warnings over the same time period.

FDOT and FHP say the enforcement is in an effort to keep construction workers safe and they plan to continue the patrols as the road project continues through Summer 2012.

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