Arguably some of the most dangerous areas to drive in are construction sites. They have limited spacing, put traffic to a halt and feature many workers on the road operating right next to the drivers. Combine all of this with some angry and impatient motorists, and you get nearly 2,000 crashes and 20 work fatalities in the same areas for almost every year.
To reduce the number of accidents, state officials proposed a bill to place cameras in work zones on interstate highways to catch speeders. The state approved it and recently sent it to the Senate to vote on it. Local motorists should inform themselves of how this law can impact work zone driving behavior.
Recording the rage
Senate Bill 172 would the state to specifically place cameras at active work zone sites on interstate highways for a five-year trial period. They will not go on any local or state roads, though the state could reconsider depending on the results of this test.
The cameras will provide the police with the license plate numbers of speeding vehicles. First-time offenders would receive a written warning, second would get a $75 fine and any further violations are $150 in fines. They will place signs to warn the drivers that cameras are present, and they are aiming to fine those that go over 10 mph above the speed limit.
Will it work?
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Turnpike Commission would oversee the cameras. State officials have more confidence in PennDOT’s abilities to monitor the situation after 2017 marked a new low for traffic deaths. The fact that this bill got passed to go to the Senate shows that many government workers have confidence that this is necessary to decrease the amount of accidents in work zones.
However, this would not be the first time where highway cameras are used to penalize speeding drivers. Many residents in cities and states that have similar programs criticize the cameras for forcing drivers to slow down quickly or draining them of their money. While this bill is different from others since the cameras will be in work zones, it does not deter from the issues that a lot of concerned citizens have with them.
Whether or not the bill passes, it serves as an important reminder about safety in construction work zones. In these areas, drivers can hurt more than just each other. They can seriously injure a worker, ruin weeks or months of construction and make a road with a tedious wait even slower. Workers and motorists injured by an impatient driver in these areas should consider acquiring the aid of a personal injury attorney to help them get coverage for their damages.