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Dayton Police Crack Down on Construction Zone Traffic Violations

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Jerry Kenney
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The Dayton Police Department has begun a crackdown on traffic violations in the I-75 construction zone through downtown.  The stepped up enforcement efforts will run through September during periods of heavy traffic.

Police say they’ll be on the lookout for speed, lane change, and tailgating violations.  They’ll also be on the lookout for aggressive drivers.

No warnings will be issued and so motorists need to know the law, according to Sergeant John Ross with the Dayton PD.

For instance, Ross says, many drivers don’t know that a solid white line between lanes in a construction zone mean “stay put.”

“You’re supposed to stay in your lane, and I think a lot people just think that’s a regular part of the highway [and] just change lanes at will, and there’s really no error room up there for a person you might cut off to go anywhere.”

Dayton police are utilizing a $50,000 Construction Zone High Visibility Enforcement grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety to fund the increased enforcement efforts.

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.