On Friday, October 19, 2018, Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 172, the Automated Speed Enforcement in Work Zones legislation, which aims to deter speeding in work zones and ultimately improve motorist and roadway worker safety.
“Crashes, injuries, and deaths that occur because of speeding are completely preventable, and this law is a major step in enhancing safety in Pennsylvania’s work zones,” Governor Wolf said. “We always urge people to drive safely, and this is especially critical for those working within and driving through work zones.”
It was a long road to the passage of this legislation. The tide turned on September 25 when, by a vote of 173 to 22, the Pennsylvania House passed Senate Bill 172. The camera bill’s approval in the House represented a significant milestone since passage in that chamber had been a difficult obstacle to overcome. While House members were generally supportive of the legislation, getting them to make cameras in work zones a priority proved to be a challenge. In the spring of 2018, the Association was successful in convincing the Speaker of the House, Mike Turzai, to publicize his support for this legislation.
The legislation authorizes a five-year Automated Speed Enforcement Pilot Program in highway construction work zones on interstates and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Before passage, the House made some minor changes to the legislation, which included requiring additional signage to inform motorists that a work zone is being monitoring by speed cameras and making the first offense a written warning rather than a fine.
After the House passed the legislation, it returned to the Pennsylvania Senate where it was easily passed by a vote of 47 to 1 on October 2.
This legislation has been one of CAWP’s legislative priorities for the past several years, and throughout this time, we have worked closely with APC, the unions and other stakeholders to gain final passage.
Thank you to everyone who made calls and sent emails in support of this legislation.