Pennsylvania lawmakers have set forth a proposal to put speed lights at work zones on the Pennsylvania turnpike. The proposal would cost $2.3 billion. It is proposed as a five-year pilot program. Speed cameras would be stationed in the most active work areas on the interstate.
The program is intended to make workers safer when they have to work on busy highways, which is a major concern. Distracted and speeding drivers put highway construction crews in one of the most dangerous work environments there is.
Violations from speeding will result in a $100 fine, but will not add points to a driver’s record. However, another bill being proposed would enforce larger fines on those who drive recklessly, putting workers lives in danger. Those fines could reach a maximum of $10,000.
A conference held in March of this year included speakers who had been injured in highway construction zones. Since 1940, at least 30 workers have been killed on the Pennsylvania turnpike while performing their jobs. The injured workers relayed their stories and concerns.
Maryland already uses this technology, according to Pennsylvania State Troopers Association president, and they have dispersed 26,000 citations in only one month. Putting cameras in these construction zones would undoubtedly produce a large amount of revenue for the state and decrease work accidents.
State revenue may be a big plus for Pennsylvania, but the government may also benefit. Workers’ compensation claims should decrease from workplace accidents such as these. Fewer workplace accidents and deaths on the highways may even reduce workers’ comp insurance rates.
For those who have been injured in these type of workplace accidents, their turnout at the March conference shows their passion to see their fellow workers protected. Many families have suffered loss of loved ones. Any attempt to lesson these types of tragedies is welcome.
Workers’ compensation is sometimes the only way for injured employees or those who have lost loved ones on the job to pay for medical expenses and other costs. If you have been injured on the job, know someone who has been injured on the job or have lost a loved one through a workplace injury, workers’ compensation should be prompt in helping to resolve your claim; however, sometimes you have to stay on top of them. An attorney can help you do this if you are not getting prompt attention and medical care.
Source: The Reporter, “Pa. bill would place cameras in highway work zones,” Andrew Staub, PA Independent, Aug. 03, 2015