Haley Barbour signed a bill into law April 12 that increases the penalty for
drivers speeding in highway work zones.
The new law raises
the penalty for speeding in highway work zones from the standard $250 to $500
for a second offense within a year and $1,000 for a third offense, the Hattiesburg
The provision is
intended to serve as a deterrent and reduce the number of deaths – both to
state highway workers and drivers – who are killed in work zones.
The new fine scale
takes effect July 1.
Department of Transportation is responsible for posting signs alerting drivers
to the increased fine areas in construction zones.