Senate Bill 172—the automated speed enforcement bill—was signed into law today by Gov. Tom Wolf, capping a long but fruitful effort and fulfilling one of the highway construction industry’s top priorities.
The new law allows PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to perform a five-year pilot program in which some construction and maintenance work zones will have cameras equipped with LIDAR or radar to take photos of license plates of any vehicle exceeding the work zone speed limit by 11 mph or more when workers are present.
The law takes effect in 120 days, and violations can be issued 60 days after publication in the PA Bulletin. The provisions for the City of Philadelphia, which allows the use of speed cameras along the entire stretch of U.S. 1 in the city, take effect in 60 days.
Thanks to all who took the time to impress upon their elected officials the importance of this legislation in protecting the lives and well-being of highway workers. We are confident that the pilot will prove successful and that automated speed enforcement will continue.
For a copy of the press release issued by PennDOT, go here.