Measure Now Goes to Governor Wolf for Final Approval
Yesterday, the Senate gave final approval to Senate Bill 172 marking a culmination of years of hard work by the transportation construction industry. SB 172 will establish a five-year Automated Speed Enforcement Pilot Program in Work Zones. With the Senate’s final approval vote, the bill now goes to Governor Wolf for his approval before becoming law. All indications are that the Governor will sign the measure into law.
SB 172 truly represents an historic and landmark achievement in Pennsylvania. It is believed that PA will become only the 3rd state in the nation to have an automated speed enforcement system in work zones (Maryland and Illinois have programs currently in place). Once law, there will be an 18-month process for PennDOT and the PA Turnpike Commission to issue and RFP, secure a vendor, and put the program in place. However, it is expected that neither agency will need the 18 months to implement this process so the program may be implemented in a much faster timeline.
Highlights of the legislation are as follows:
- Cameras can be deployed in any highway listed on the Federal Highway System including all Interstates and the PA Turnpike;
- The system can only be deployed in active work zones where workers are present;
- Fines can be generated for those speeding in excess of 11mph over the posted speed limit;
- A 1st offense warning was added by the House, but repeat violations will be $75 and $150 for third and subsequent violators.
If you have any questions regarding SB 172, please contact Jason Wagner at the APC offices.