It soon will get expensive for drivers who speed through construction work zones in Pennsylvania.
The state Department of Transportation has started using speed cameras in active work zones, and it warns that tickets will be issued starting in March.
Here’s what you need to know:
How is PennDOT using speed cameras now?
Speed cameras have been seen in work zones around the state, including at the Interstate 83 Shrewsbury interchange near the Maryland line.
Although speed cameras have been used in different construction zones since the fall, the official, 60-day pre-enforcement period started earlier this month. The law requires that the pre-enforcement period be announced in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, which was done on Jan. 4, said Jennifer Kuntch, a spokeswoman for PennDOT.
Prior to that, PennDOT was testing the equipment in the field and ensuring everything was running smoothly, Kuntch said.
Tickets will not be issued during the pre-enforcement period.
When will ticketing start?
Enforcement will start on March 4, according to PennDOT.
Who will get a ticket? How much is the fine?
Drivers who are traveling 11 mph or faster over the speed limit in an active construction work zone will receive a violation. An enforcement vehicle equipped with cameras will snap photos and record the speed, time, and date of the offense.
Here’s how much it will cost:
- First offense: Warning
- Second offense: $75
- Third or subsequent offense: $150
The violation will come in the mail within 90 days.
It is a civil penalty. No points will be added to the driver’s license.
The fines can be paid by mail, phone, online or in person at the Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement program Customer Service Center, which will be located in Philadelphia, Kuntch said.
If drivers don’t pay it, the violation will be turned over to a collection agency.
What if I wasn’t the driver?
It doesn’t matter who was driving. The owner of the vehicle is responsible for the fine, according to PennDOT.
Where have the cameras been used?
So far, the cameras have been used in the eastern half of the state, and the locations are listed on PennDOT’s website.
The projects include:
- Interstate 78 Section 12M Project (Mile Markers 35-43), Berks County
- Interstate 476 Total Reconstruction (Mileposts 31-38), Montgomery County
- Interstate 83 Exit 4, York County
- US 1, Section RC1, Bucks County
The speed cameras, however, can be used in any part of the state, including on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
How will drivers know if the speed cameras are in use?
Signs will warn drivers about the automated enforcement in the work zone.
What are PennDOT, critics saying about it?
PennDOT says the automated cameras aren’t about fines but saving lives. The goal is to encourage drivers to slow down, change their behavior and improve safety for motorists and workers, acting PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian said in a news release.
In 2018, 1,804 crashes happened in work zones in the state. Twenty-three fatalities were reported.
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Critics, however, argue that it’s “taxation by citation,” and drivers cannot face their accuser.
Easier ways exist to make construction zones safer. That includes having a police officer conducting enforcement in the work zone, Shelia Dunn, communications director for the National Motorists Association, has said.
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