Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law a new highway safety bill which will create a pilot program to install speed detection cameras in Indiana work zones in an effort to reduce work zone accidents and fatalities.
Eighteen states currently have speed detection cameras in work zones. According to the most recent Federal Highway Administration statistics, 956 people were killed in work zone accidents nationwide in 2021.
The cameras will take photos of the license plates of motorists exceeding the speed limit by at least 11 miles per hour. A ticket will then be mailed to the address on the vehicle registration. The first offense will result in a warning. The second offense will result in a $75 fine. All additional offenses will result in $150 fines.
This landmark legislation to make all Hoosiers safer is the result of years of hard work by many Indiana leaders including Holcomb, Indiana State Senators Jon Ford and Michael Crider, and Indiana State Representatives Jim Pressel and Ed Soliday. The statehouse leaders partnered with the leadership of other essential stakeholders such as Indiana Constructors Inc. which represents more than 200 Indiana construction companies, the Indiana Laborers’ District Council which represents more than 13,000 Indiana workers, and the Indiana Department of Transportation.
“We are very proud of this legislation,” said Brian Short, business manager and secretary-treasurer of the Indiana Laborers’ District Council. “It has been a long time coming and was a team effort by everyone involved. We believe this will create a much safer work environment for our members as well as drivers traveling through work zones.”
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