-- Some Indiana lawmakers want to authorize the installation of work zone
speed cameras along the state’s highways to photograph speeding cars and
fine the lead-footed motorists.
Members of the
General Assembly’s Interim Study Committee on Transportation advanced a plan
Wednesday to permit using the traffic cameras, The (Northwest Indiana) Times
The panel will
decide later this month whether to officially recommend that Indiana’s
Republican-controlled Legislature consider making the state the sixth with
work zone speed cameras.
State Rep. Chuck
Moseley, a committee member who proposed a failed automated enforcement bill
in the last House session, said he’s determined to get the measure passed in
“This is not a
speed enforcement issue for me. This is a safety enforcement issue for me,”
Leaders of Indiana
Constructors Inc. (ICI), a statewide construction trade group, emphasized to
the committee the need for enhanced work zone safety, underscoring state
records that show work zone crashes jumped to 6,370 in 2017 from 2,878
collisions in 2013.
construction trade committee acknowledged Indiana has more work zones after
legislators increased fuel taxes and vehicle dues in 2017 to subsidize
infrastructure projects, they also noted motorists appear to be driving more
recklessly because of speed and technological distractions.
“We want to get the
work done, but we want to do it safely,” said Dan Brown, ICI board chairman.