Vehicle accidents in Amarillo on the rise due to construction

According to APD, over the past few months there have been more accidents due to construction. (ABC 7 Amarillo- Jala Washington). 

Folks in Amarillo are all too familiar with the sound of roadwork right now, as the City seems to be under construction.

"There are several construction zones around Amarillo, and everybody knows that," Amarillo Police Department Officer Jeb Hilton said. "If you get out and drive on the streets, you know there's construction in most places that you're going to go."

The rushing sound of vehicles that fill the highways is normal, but sometimes drivers are going much faster than they should.

"We're getting people that aren't paying attention, that aren't slowing down and that's causing accidents," Hilton said.

APD says as they work to enforce safe driving, they're specifically targeting areas that have the most accidents.

"We do have officers that are patrolling, strictly looking for traffic violations," Hilton said.

"Today actually, I've seen like four motorcycle cops just on I-27," Amarillo driver Kayla Poole said.

Some drivers say construction has doubled their travel time.

"It shouldn't take us 30 minutes to get from one side of town to the other," Poole said.

Poole says she's frustrated and annoyed.

"I think it's kind of ridiculous," she said.

Still, Poole agrees that people drive too fast through construction zones.

"Oh yeah, definitely, there's not a doubt in my mind, and I'm guilty of that myself," Poole said.

It's important to pay attention to items that indicate construction like the bright orange barrels that can be seen driving through a zone undergoing work. There are also signs that show warnings that may keep drivers safe.

"Just slowing down is a big thing. Knowing that you're going to be delayed, you're going to go a certain way [and] planning for it," Hilton said. "Leaving early or just avoiding the whole area in general is going to make your driving experience a lot better,."

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