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AGC backs speed-camera bill as work-zone fatalities increase

AGC backs speed-camera bill as work-zone fatalities increase – The number of fatal crashes in marked work zones doubled in 2023, compared to 2022, according to WSDOT. There were ten fatal work-zone crashes in 2023 resulting in ten deaths, and five fatal work-zone crashes resulting in six deaths in 2022. The annual number of work-zone collisions barely improved over the last ten years, with 1,387 officer-reported collisions in work zones in 2014, and 1,228 in 2023.

Distracted driving and following too closely are major reasons for these alarming statistics, and another one is excessive speed. That is why AGC backed successful legislation in 2023 and 2024 allowing the use of speed safety cameras on WSDOT jobsites. The recently-signed 2024 legislation, SSB 6115, builds on the 2023 bill which authorized the use of speed safety cameras in WSDOT work zones.

This year’s bill made some tweaks to the original measure, including:

  • WSDOT must create a website to educate the traveling public about the operation of speed safety camera systems in state highway work zones. The prohibition on driving a vehicle in a state highway work zone at speeds greater than allowed is made explicit.
  • During the 30-day period after the first speed safety camera system is put in place, WSDOT must conduct a public awareness campaign to inform the public of the use of speed safety camera systems in state highway work zones.
  • A violation of speed safety camera systems in state highway work zones is subject to the following graduated penalty structure:  $0 for a first violation; $248 for a second and any subsequent violation.

AGC supported both the 2023 and 2024 bills.

April 15-19 is National Work Zone Awareness Week.  Click here for more info and resources.

Ffinally, AGC of America seeks your input on highway work zone safety via this survey. AGC of America says, “The answers you provide will help us better advocate for highway safety measures and educate the public about the need to drive carefully in highway work zones.”

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