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Ford: Legislation to help make highway worksites safer passes committee

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 29, 2019) – A bill authored by State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) that would implement an Automated Traffic Control System Pilot Program passed the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Transportation Tuesday, Jan. 28.

Senate Bill 268 would authorize the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) to purchase and operate no more than four automated traffic control systems at four worksites across the state.

These cameras would detect cars going more than 11 mph over the speed limit and take a photo of their license plate. INDOT would then be in charge of collecting the fees for violating the worksite speed limit. After five years of this pilot program, INDOT would present the data collected to the General Assembly, allowing the state to assess the success of the program and whether it should be expanded.

“In 2018, police crash data reported 14 people killed and more than 650 injured at Indiana highway worksites,” Ford said. “Too many motorists are disregarding construction zone speed limits and putting the lives of INDOT workers, other drivers and themselves at risk. This legislation would allow Indiana to begin looking into what we can do to decrease these numbers and make our worksites safer.”

Two other states have had success with similar programs.

SB 268 will now be considered by the full Senate.


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