Speeding through work zones in
soon could cost
drivers a lot more money.
Rep. Ed Robb, R-Columbia, has prefiled a bill intended to help keep construction workers
Anyone found speeding or passing illegally
in a work zone when workers are present would face a $1,000 fine. Existing
state law fines violators $250.
Robb’s bill – HB1040 – has yet to be
assigned to a committee. It will be considered in the legislative session that
begins Jan. 4, 2006. The provision is expected to be included in a larger House
bill likely to be introduced within the next couple weeks.
The larger bill also would make it illegal
for drivers to pass over the double yellow line on roadways and prohibit large
trucks from driving in the far left-hand lane of highways with three or more
lanes in each direction.
House Transportation Chairman Neal St. Onge, R-Ellisville, said too many workers and motorists are
injured in work zones.
“There seems to be a disregard for posted
speed limits and cautions,” St. Onge told the Columbia Missourian.
a Missouri Department of Transportation technical support engineer, said 28
people were killed in work zones last year. He blamed careless driving for most
of the accidents.