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Driving safely through the I-94 work zone – both on and off the expressway – is something law enforcement is taking seriously.

Racine County Sheriff’s deputies say a road construction worker almost got hit Friday night by a drunk driver on Highway 20 near I-94 work zone, and another woman was taken into custody for driving high on I-94 in a separate incident.

Deputies responded at 10:04 p.m. Friday to the eastbound lanes of Highway 20 near I-94 after several motorists called dispatch to report a driver who was weaving and nearly hit a construction worker who putting out lane closure signs for the night. When deputies made contact with the driver, they say she was clearly intoxicated.

A preliminary breath test indicated the 56-year-old woman had a blood alcohol level of .20, more than twice the legal limit. She was taken into custody for operating while intoxicated, first offense and was also cited for unsafe lane deviation and prohibited alcohol concentration.

In an earlier incident, a 23-year-old woman from Milwaukee was arrested for driving while high with two children in the backseat, one of whom wasn’t secured properly.

RCSD deputies say they were assigned specifically to the work zone on I-94 at Highway 20 Friday night when they observed a car swerving in and out of its lane. They initiated a traffic stop and observed the driver, a passenger, and two children – ages 11 months and 6 years – in the backseat. The 6-year-old was unsecured, but the other occupants were properly seatbelted or in an infant seat.

While speaking with the driver, deputies smelled marijuana and observed an open bottle of alcohol in the woman’s purse. She was arrested on charges of driving while impaired and possession of marijuana and cited for violation of child safety restraint, open intoxicants in a motor vehicle, operating while suspended, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, display unauthorized registration plate, and non-registration of vehicle.

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