HARRISBURG, PA, October 2, 2018 − After years of debate, today the Pennsylvania Senate passed Senate Bill 172 which allows for automated speed enforcement for active work zones.
“Active construction zones on highways can be dangerous places – both for drivers and for workers,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, Jr. “If everyone followed the speed limit, they would be much safer and I believe this bill will make drivers think twice about stepping on the gas.”
SB 172 goes to the Governor’s desk now for his signature, and if it passes, automated speed enforcement cameras would be set up in active work zones on state highways. Drivers would be sent a speeding ticket with a photo of their speeding vehicle; for the first offense, there would be no fine, for the second offensive there would be a fine of $75 and for a third offense the fine increases to $150.
In 2015, there were 1,935 crashes in work zones, including 23 deaths, across Pennsylvania.
“With stricter speed enforcement in work zones, I expect the number of crashes and fatalities to be much lower next year. I hope Governor Wolf signs this bill right away,” said Senator Costa.