Harrisburg, June 10, 2017  A bill introduced by Sen. Judy Schwank and Sen. David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) to protect construction workers and improve driver safety in active work zones was approved by the Senate today.

Senate Bill 172, which Schwank and Argall introduced in December, was approved by the upper chamber, 45-3.   

SB 172 would provide a three-year trial period for PennDOT to place speed cameras in active work zones on limited access highways. Work zones across Pennsylvania have been the site of numerous crashes, including 23 deaths in 2015, which is why this legislation is so needed, Schwank said.

“Children of the men and women who work to improve our roads shouldn’t have to wonder if their parents are going to come home,” Schwank said. “This legislation will make work a little safer for them, and for the motorists who drive through work zones.”

The bill moves to the House now for consideration.

“There have been too many serious or deadly accidents on Pennsylvania’s interstate highways and the turnpike. It’s time we do something about it,” she said. “Speed-camera enforcement has worked in other places. It can work here, too.”