Speeders Targeted in Construction Zones

Camera to Snap License Plate Picture

Joe DeStio
October 08, 2018 - 12:20 pm
Motorists who speed through a highway construction zone could be getting a notice in the mail from the state in the form of a speeding ticket.
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – Motorists who speed through a highway construction zone could be getting a notice in the mail from the state in the form of a speeding ticket. The legislature has passed and the Governor is expected to sign the measure. It allows PennDOT and the Turnpike Commission to set up electronic equipment and cameras that will snap a picture of the license plate on vehicles. Violators would have to do more than 11 miles an hour above the posted speed limit. The first violation would result in a warning. After that, tickets would start at $75.

Construction unions lobbied for the bill. A PennDOT worker was killed by an out of control vehicle in Blair County earlier this year. In 2016, 16 people died in construction zone accidents in Pennsylvania. Two of them were workers.

Not everyone is happy with the measure. The National Motorists Association, not to be confused with the Triple A, believes such systems make mistakes and are unfair to motorists.

“You’re in a pack of cars,” according to Communications Director Shelia Dunn. “Your  car is singled out for some reason. You’re not necessarily speeding but the car next to you is for example.”

Dunn says the system also violates due process. “You’re not getting that information that you got as ticket until weeks later. And that’s a huge problem for people because you can’t adequately defend yourself.”

Pennsylvania highway officials hope to have the system in place by the start of the next construction season next spring.