DPS plans crackdown on speeders along busy Valley roadway under construction

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It's supposed to be a construction zone where drivers proceed with caution.

Instead, some motorists in the East Valley are feeling the need for speed along Pecos Road, site of the new South Mountain Freeway.

"They speed just as fast, if not faster than before," said driver Justin Fogel.

"I've noticed that people still haven't abided by the speed laws," said driver Lacey Morris. "They just go how they are used to, around 50 or 60."

The reduced speed limit was put in place as construction got underway for the new South Mountain Freeway that will connect Interstate 10 to the east and west Valley.

The makeshift four-lane stretch is a lot narrower than it used to be, making Pecos Road more dangerous if drivers go too fast.

Sgt. Jim Benitez of the Arizona Department of Public Safety clocked several cars going well over the 40 mph speed limit in just a few minutes.

One car was clocked going 67 mph.

"With so many distractions, when something happens you need to be going at a slower pace," said Benitez. "That way, you have time to react in case there's a hazard up ahead."

DPS is now planning more patrols along Pecos Road, hoping the added police presence will change some bad driving habits.

"You need to be more careful how you are driving," said Fred Tregaskes of Phoenix.

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Jason Barry
Jason Barry has been reporting in the Valley since 1997.

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Jason Barry

Jason Barry has been reporting in the Valley since 1997.

He is a nine-time Rocky Mountain Emmy Award winner who is best known for his weekly Dirty Dining reports, which highlight local restaurants with major health code violations.

Jason was born in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Miami.

An avid sports fan, Jason follows the Diamondbacks, Cardinals and Suns with his wife, Karen, and son, Joshua.

His favorite stories to cover are the station’s Pay it Forward segments, which reward members of the community with $500 for going ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty to help others.

Jason, started his career at WBTW-TV in Florence, SC before moving to WALA-TV in Mobile, AL, was named the Associated Press Reporter of the Year in 2002.

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