We’re all in a hurry.
We drive faster than the posted speed limit –
Whether it’s on the highway –
Or a city street.
We’re frustrated by red lights –
Traffic jams –
And of course – construction zones.
There are more of those since Pennsylvania’s transportation funding measure passed in 2013 –
And more work zone fatalities.
Impatient drivers just don’t want to slow down.
But exactly how much time are they saving?
At 65 miles an hour –
It takes 4 minutes, 36 seconds to drive through a five mile construction zone.
At 45, it’s 6 minutes, 40 seconds.
In other words – speeders are willing to risk someone’s life to save –
At most – a whopping two minutes and four seconds.
Senate Bill 840 would create a 5-year pilot program –
To put speed cameras in Pennsylvania work zones.
The camera snaps a picture of the speeder’s license plate.
The citation – with a fine, but no points – is mailed to the vehicle owner.
Police don’t have to try to chase or pull over speeders in a work zone.
And drivers can decide if two minutes and four seconds –
Is worth about 200 bucks in fines and fees.
Since Maryland started its program in 2009 –
Speeding in work zones dropped by 85-percent.
This is a no-brainer.
Put up the cameras.