(Newsradio 1020 KDKA) Roadwork and construction zones are things Pittsburgh drivers know plenty about.
They are about to get a lot safer for those road workers.
PennDOT and the PA Turnpike are prepared to begin the Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement (AWZSE) program.
The AWZSE is entering a mandatory 60 day pre-enforcement period, before fully being enforced on March 4.
The program will use vehicle-mounted systems that record a motorist’s speed using electronic timing devices.
AWZSE systems will only be operational in active work zones with present workers.
Drivers who exceed the work zone speed limit will be sent a warning letter after first offence.
A second offence will result in a violation notice and a $75 fine; every offence following will be a violation notice and a $150 fine.
The violations are civil penalties only and no points will be assessed to a driver’s license.
Violations will not be issued during the pre-enforcement period.
“It’s important to remember that the Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement program isn’t about issuing violations, it’s about saving lives,” acting PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian said.
In 2018, 1,804 work zone accidents resulted in 23 fatalities.