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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: April 15, 2021 10:29 AM
From: Senator Elder A. Vogel, Jr.
To: All Senate members
Subject: Enhancing Penalties for Offenses in Active Work Zones
Construction zone flaggers, in an effort to provide workers with a safe environment and prevent drivers from colliding with oncoming traffic from the other direction, notify drivers when it is safe to proceed through an active work zone. Far too many drivers choose to ignore flaggers if they are not on a highway or interstate, which can lead to serious injuries or deaths that were entirely preventable.
Violators disregarding flaggers and speeding through work zones may be more effectively held accountable with the addition of an effort to proactively address violations rather than in retrospect or after significant harm is done. The language includes a requirement of law enforcement to investigate infractions corroborated by (1) no less than two witnesses OR (2) body, dash, or roadside cameras.
My proposed penalties for non-contact of a vehicle or construction employee are as follows:
  • 1st Infraction:
    • 2 points on the offender’s license
    • $400 fine
    • Mandatory completion of a PennDot Driver Safety Course
  • 2nd Infraction:
    • 90-day driver’s license suspension
    • $800 fine
    • Mandatory completion of a PennDot Driver Safety Course
  • 3rd Infraction
    • 1-year driver’s license suspension
    • $1200 fine
    • Mandatory completion of a PennDot Driver Safety Course
While primarily a preventative effort, this legislation also increases penalties for striking a worker or construction vehicle/equipment as follows:
  • 6-month Driver’s License Suspension
  • Mandatory completion of a PennDot Driver Safety Course
Allocations of revenue from the fines are as follows:
  • 50% for PennDot to provide driver safety courses
  • 50% for reimbursement of investigating police force
I invite you to join me in co-sponsoring this legislation increasing protection for our work zone employees here in the Commonwealth.

Introduced as SB614