In legislative actions this week, the PA House of Representative took a major step forward in authorizing Automated Speed Enforcement in Work Zones by passing Senate Bill 172. The House adopted the bill by a 166-25 vote but the process still has a while to go before reaching conclusion. SB 172 was amended and now reflects a drastically different version of what the Senate originally passed earlier this year. The House’s vote, however, now positions the bill where Senate and House leaders can negotiate a compromise. APC has been working with legislative staff, PennDOT, the PA Turnpike Commission, and other stakeholders to help bring about a final compromise. APC remains optimistic that a final bill will be placed on the Governor’s Desk before the summer legislative recess later this month.
But….if this is going to happen…WE NEED YOUR HELP! This issue is far from over and APC is asking all our members to reach out to your state representative and senator over the next week.
What we need YOU to do:
- Contact your state senator AND representative and ask them to vote for the work zone speed enforcement legislation modeled after Maryland’s law, which had the full support of the Maryland State Police.
- Ask them to vote for legislation having NO restrictions on types of projects and NOT be dependent upon state police trooper presence or funding.
- Tell them that the safety of our workers and motorists is at stake!
- Share with them any personal examples of “close calls,” “accidents” or “hands-on experience” you or your employees have had in work zones to impress upon them why this legislation is sorely needed. In Maryland, since the inception of their program, speeding violations in work zones have fallen from 7% to less than 1%–saving countless of lives over the course of that time.
Need help finding your elected officials?
GO HERE to find the contact information for your senator and representative. On that website, in the left-hand column, are links that will take you to their contact information searching either by their names, district number, county or by your home address. If you are contacting them today, we suggest calling their district office location since they are not scheduled to return to Harrisburg until Monday, June 18.
If you have questions regarding this or other legislation, contact Jason Wagner at the APC Office at 717-238-2513 x111 or email at JWagner@paconstructors.org