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Senate committee approves increased penalties for work zone speed violations

June 30, 2015

Road constructionThe state Senate Transportation Committee has unanimously approved a measure to increase penalties for drivers who injure highway workers.

Sponsored by Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Beaver), the bill would impose fines upward of $1,000 for irresponsible driving in areas of road construction. These fines increase to $5,000 and a six-month suspension of the driver’s license if a highway worker or emergency responder is injured. Finally, if a highway worker is killed in the accident, drivers would pay a fine of up to $10,000 and lose their licenses for up to one year.

According to The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, approximately 100 workers are killed and another 20,000 workers are injured every year in highway and street-construction accidents.

“PHIA is supportive of holding drivers accountable for dangerous driving through work zones,” PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner said. “We also have a strong interest in accident prevention. For this reason, we also support automated camera enforcement for excessive speeding in work zones.”

The legislation for increased penalties was introduced in a package of bills with automated camera enforcement. The House and Senate Transportation Committees will hold a joint hearing on July 14, which will focus on the automated enforcement legislation.

 

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