Pennsylvania governor signs work-zone safety bill

| Tuesday, December 24, 2002

Calling it a "strong message that individual lives matter," Pennsylvania Gov. Mark Schweiker Dec. 23 signed HB2410, legislation that will increase penalties for truck and car drivers who violate work-zone laws, according to a release from the governor's office.

The law goes into effect Feb. 20, 2003.

The legislation, which contains many of the measures first proposed by Schweiker earlier this year, increases penalties for drivers who cause serious bodily injury or the death of a person in a work zone. It provides for a mandatory 15-day license suspension for any driver whose vehicle is 11 mph or more over the speed limit in a work zone.

The doubling of fines is extended to safety corridors designated by the state Transportation Department. Fines in work zones already are doubled.

Provisions targeting commercial vehicles include a $150 fine for a single brake violation and a $300 fine if multiple charges are filed. Companies that allow drivers to operate vehicles with faulty brakes can be subject to a $300 fine for a single violation and can face a $600 fine if multiple charges are filed.

In addition, the state added tougher safety-certification, inspection and registration-renewal requirements for motor carrier vehicles and increased monetary penalties for motor carrier vehicles other than trailers that operate under a suspended registration.

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