Proposal for Camera Based Speeding Tickets in Construction Zones
November 13, 2018
Construction workers face serious risks on the job, but for those working on highway and roadway construction projects, the risks continue to rise. Pennsylvania lawmakers are currently working to pass legislation that will enable cameras to record the license plates of those speeding in construction work zones. The state will issue speeding tickets to the owners of the vehicles caught violating the posted speed limits.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, car accidents in construction work zones have increased five percent each year for the past six years. Despite laws that double fines for speeding in these work zones, drivers continue to exceed the speed limits. In just a four-month period of observation on an interstate in western Pennsylvania, over 500 vehicles were caught driving 100 miles per hour or more in these 45 mile per hour construction zones. Many more cars drove at speeds in excess of 80 and 90 miles per hour.
Roadway and highway construction workers are often working alongside traffic lanes, primarily at night when vision is reduced. Personal protective equipment such as bright lights, reflective work clothes, and construction barriers do little to protect workers from speeding vehicles. Workers struck by passing cars or pinned by construction equipment hit by a speeding motorist, typically suffer catastrophic and fatal injuries.
The most common types of construction work zone accidents include cars driving into restricted areas, rear-ending construction vehicles, striking workers by crossing over barriers, and crashing into other vehicles that have slowed down to obey the construction work zone speed limits. Construction workers are not the only victims. Speeding vehicles also rear end or force other drivers off the road, leading to additional work zone accidents.
New Law Would Allow Cameras to Hold Violators Liable for Speeding
If the legislature passes the new new bill, and the governor signs it, PennDot will install cameras in highway and turnpike construction zones over a five-year period. Drivers will see a minimum of two warning signs, along with posted speed limits, before they enter into the construction zone. The cameras will automatically take a picture of the license plate of a vehicle that is traveling in excess of 11 miles per hour over the posted speed limit. Computer generated tickets would then be issued and sent to the owner of the vehicle in violation.
The state will fine first offenders $75, and repeat offenders will be charged $150 for each violation. Lawmakers hope that the warning signs, cameras, and fines will motivate drivers to slow down and proceed through construction zones cautiously. The new law will protect construction workers as well as all drivers and passengers traveling on the road.
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