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MODOT projects have some drivers trying to 'cheat' traffic

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Law-abiding drivers are steamed and police are cracking down on highway "cheaters."

Two Missouri Department of Transportation projects have created traffic headaches in southern Platte County. But some drivers are trying to sneak ahead.

The Interstate 635 bridge over the Missouri River leading drivers from Riverside across into Kansas is down to one lane. The interstate goes down to one lane just before the Horizons Parkway off ramp.

Some drivers are taking that southbound off ramp onto Horizons. The ramp has three lanes with two marked for a right-hand turn and one marked for a left-hand turn. Rather than turning, the drivers are going straight to get back onto the entrance via the Horizons on-ramp. This allows those drivers to bypass the traffic merging. Police say this is unsafe and some drivers are exiting the ramp at a high rate of speed.

Riverside police Sgt. Brent Holland said this is illegal and the department has stepped up patrol of this area. Officers are writing tickets to offenders. In addition, officers are running radar and writing speeding tickets.

"What is going on is people are getting off the off-ramp on 635 on Horizons, which down here at the bottom of the stop lights is a left or right turn only. It's not a straight lane," Riverside Sgt. Trevor Ballard said. "But what they're doing you can see as the traffic slows they can jump down here real quick, run through the intersection and get back up on the Interstate."

Ballard said officers are emphasizing that motorists should know they can't do that.

"That's not what we want to see," he said. "Accidents can happen."

The fear also is this could lead to road rage and more accidents as people exit and re-enter the interstate.

"People when they see someone cutting through down on the bottom side here and getting ahead of them that doesn't do anything for anyone who has been waiting in traffic and is a little bit irked that they have to be there in the first place," Ballard said. "Just think about it when you're a kid and someone butts in line. That doesn't make you happy."

The impatient drivers can save up to 10 minutes by using the shortcut. Ballard said do the right thing, be patient and avoid getting a traffic ticket that would cost you $125. Dozens have been caught already.

"We would much rather you be five minutes late to work than get in an accident, hurt yourself, hurt someone else, destroy property and then it creates just a bigger problem for everybody," Ballard said.

He said police aren't trying to write more tickets and get more revenue, but keep motorists safe.

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