SB 172 passed the House Tuesday by a vote of 173-22. SB 172 is the bill that will establish a five-year Automated Speed Enforcement Pilot Program in Work Zones. SB 172 represents years of work by many stakeholders. Before the House’s vote, it was amended with some minor clarification language that will force the bill to return to the Senate for a vote before going to the Governor for final approval. We have met with Senate leaders and believe they will approve the bill as early as Monday. This is a very significant step forward as getting this bill out of the House was the greatest obstacle in getting this issue passed. A more detailed summary of the specifics will be provided once the bill finally passes.
To those of you who contacted your House Member in the recent weeks – it clearly had an impact on it passing. House Transportation Chairman John Taylor said at the PHIA conference earlier this week that this bill would NOT have happened if our industry had not kept up the pressure calling for its passage. Chairman Taylor specifically thanked APC and its members for putting safety first and not allowing politics to get in the way of common sense legislation that will help save lives. Go here to read the media story on the House vote.