Although the Pennsylvania Work Zone Camera law was passed in 2018, not much has been done until now. Cameras will be put into service on a trial basis this week in two locations. Eventually, 17 camers will be put in service statewide:
Once enforcement begins, the registered owner of the vehicle will receive a warning letter for a first offense, a violation notice and $75 fine for a second offense, and a violation notice and $150 fine for third and subsequent offenses.
Seventeen cameras for a state with 2560 municipalities, 67 Counties, nearly 13 Million people and uncountable construction projects.
It's a start, I suppose.
We can get them for school zones. Our speed limit is 15 mph. I can't tell you how many times when I am going 15-20 mph someone is on me and some even move out to pass over a double yellow.
Since I have a child in K maybe I feel differently than someone who has children who are grown.
That last time a toddler was run over and killed in our town, I witnessed what I refer to as the 9/11 effect. Everyone was so sorry and mourned and vigil, then about a week later, everything was the same. It's rather sad.
...for the first offense. If people get a warning in the mail, they will know that the cameras are being enforced and will be more careful in the future. Also, in my opinion, cameras would be much more beneficial in school zones than in construction zones. A lot of the time, in construction zones, you will have barriers between traffic and the workers. In a school zone, there are no barriers and you have children present, and as we all know, children sometimes run out into traffic. I have no patience with people who speed through school zones or pass a school bus with it's stoplights flashing.
Speed cameras are not the answer to that, enforcement is. In Texas we have ISD police that are primarily for school zone enforcement. Everyday someone is fined for using their cell phone (prohibited in school zones) and speeding.
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