Argall, Schwank joint bill on work zone speed cameras advances

The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved a proposal sponsored jointly by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks) that would protect construction workers and improve driver safety in active work zones.

“This pilot legislation would provide a three-year trial period for PennDOT to place speed cameras in active work zones on interstate highways to determine if the added $100 fine would make drivers slow down in a work zone,” stated Sen. Argall.

“With the increased investment in our roads and bridges, it is imperative we ensure the safety of workers and drivers alike,” said Argall.

“This legislation is about construction workers and people who drive through work zones regularly,” Schwank said. “There have been too many serious or deadly accidents on Pennsylvania’s interstate highways and the turnpike. It’s about time we do something about it.”

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In 2015, there were 1,935 crashes in work zones, including 23 deaths, across Pennsylvania.

Senate Bill 142 moves to the full Senate for its consideration.