construction work-zone accidents on the rise, the Mississippi
Legislature is determined to double penalties for speeding
violations in highway work zones. State representatives
and senators have proposed six bills that would double
the maximum amount of fines for speeding in a highway work
HB555, HB882, HB1345, SB2030 and SB 2332 all have been
referred to their respective transportation committees
in the House and Senate.
the two Senate bills were changed by the Senate Highway
and Transportation Committee.
changed SB2030 to add a requirement for special signs warning
drivers of the higher fines. The committee also changed
SB2332, adding the same-sign requirement and a provision
that allows the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol to operate
radar speed detection devices in conjunction with automated
vehicle identification systems in highway work zones.
violation is detected through the automated vehicle identification
system, a photograph of the vehicle and a ticket will be
sent to the owner of the vehicle. The provision does require
the presence of a patrolman during the operation of the
automated vehicle identification system at the time the
violation allegedly occurs.