Work Zone Speed Cameras Coming To PA Work Zones

Expect to see them ahead of next construction season

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By Jennifer Bloodworth for NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020) — Smile! Automated speed cameras are coming to Pennsylvania work zones soon.

State lawmakers approved them earlier this year.

Sponsor Senator Jay Costa told the KDKA Radio Morning News motorists will know when cameras are in use.

“It needs to be an active work zone; the work zone would need to be adequately marked so folks know multiple times that they are entering a work zone that there would be a speed enforcement camera.”

The cameras will snap photos of the license plate on any vehicle going 11 mph or more over the posted speed limit in an active work zone.

The first offense in a year will only get motorists a warning. The next offense comes with a $75 fine, and $150 for the third.

Costa says the goal is not revenue for the state, but safety for its workers.

“Our PennDOT and Turnpike workers, but also the large majority of turnpike and highway workers are private contractors,” Costa said. “We have an obligation to provide for their safety but also for the safety of the motorists who are driving.”

Costa says the revenue will not go into the state’s general fund, rather it will help pay for state police training and enhancing work zone safety.  

“If this was about making money, we would have charged $75 for the first offense,” Costa said.

Maryland has used speed cameras in work and school zones for years, pulling in nearly $62 million in fines last year through $40 tickets.

Costa says it will still be a month before the law is in effect. PennDOT still needs to vet and select a vendor for the cameras before they can start snapping photos.

Drivers can expect the cameras next spring, just in time for a new construction season.

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