How drivers act in work zones greatly impacts the safety of road construction workers. Workers can suffer major injuries if they are struck by drivers who are speeding or engaging in other unsafe conduct, and these sustained injuries could change a construction worker’s life in fundamental and far-reaching ways.
Pennsylvania recently passed a law authorizing a new pilot program aimed at making work zones safer by discouraging speeding in active work zones. The state’s governor signed this new law earlier this month.
Under this new program, speed cameras will be set up in some highway work zones throughout the state. Individuals caught going more than 11 mph over the speed limit in active work zones will be subject to a warning for a first offense and fines for subsequent offenses. In areas where the cameras are being used, there will be signs alerting drivers of the cameras’ presence. This program is set to run for five years.
What do you think of this new pilot program? Do you think it will help make work zones safer for road construction workers in Pennsylvania? Are there any additional measures you would like to see the state take when it comes to highway work zone safety?