Submitted for use on: March 10, 2023
Word Count: 251 words
By State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper)
While road construction may give a Hoosier motorist headaches during their daily commutes, the work helps make Indiana a more attractive place to live and work.
According to the National Safety Council, 26 people died in work zone-related accidents in Indiana in 2020, and 32 died in 2019.
House Bill 1015, which I am sponsoring, would establish a worksite speed control program to better enforce speed limits in work zones.
The pilot program would be located in four locations in Indiana at any given time and would include cameras that take pictures of license plates of cars traveling 11 mph or more over a posted speed limit in an active work zone.
Workers must be present for the camera to be on an enforceable.
A sign in the work zone would also be required to let motorists know the speeds are being enforced with a camera.
The first offense would be a warning and second would be a $75 fine.
The goal of House Bill 1015 is to get Hoosiers to slow down in work zones in order to protect workers, motorists and pedestrians.
House Bill 1015 was passed out of the Indiana House of Representatives on Feb. 6 by a bipartisan vote of 70-28.
The bill has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Transportation, of which I am a member, for further consideration.
As always, feel free to contact my office directly with your questions and concerns by email at Senator.Messmer@iga.in.gov or by phone at 800-382-9467.
State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) represents Senate District 48, which
includes Crawford, Dubois, Gibson, Perry, Pike and Spencer counties.
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