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House, Senate to try once more to advance automated speed enforcement bill

June 19, 2018

The reasons for the General Assembly to pass an automated speed enforcement bill are compelling:

  • Across the country, an average of 14 motorists and 2 highway workers are killed in work zones every week.
  • The number of work zone crashes is increasing – by 42 percent since 2013.
  • The rate of fatal crashes in work zones is greater than fatal crashes elsewhere.
  • Automated speed enforcement is proven to work. Once Maryland drivers became accustomed to that state’s program, the proportion of drivers exceeding the posted speed limit by at least 12 miles an hour dropped from 7 percent to less than 1 percent.
  • The right to be safe in a work zone – for travelers and construction workers alike – is more important than the right to not be photographed while breaking the law and putting lives at risk.

“There have been numerous opinions about what should and should not be in the bill,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner. “As House and Senate members come together once more to iron out their differences, we urge them to look at those differences through the lens of what would make work zones safer for both travelers and workers. Maryland has shown that it can be done.”

Associated Pennsylvania Constructors recently developed a fact sheet outlining why automated speed enforcement makes sense. To view it, click here.

 

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