The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC), in partnership with the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), has announced that its Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement (AWZSE) pilot program is now in effect. The purpose of the AWZSE is to reduce work zone speeds, change driver behavior, and improve work zone safety for workers and motorists.
“The Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement program isn’t about issuing violations, it’s about saving lives,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “Last year, 23 motorists were killed in a Pennsylvania work zone. Through this program we are urging motorists to slow down and pay attention while driving, especially in work zones where roadway conditions can change on a daily basis.”
The AWZSE program was established by the Pennsylvania General Assembly in Act 86 of 2018. The pre-enforcement period began on November 4, 2019. During the pre-enforcement period, violations will not be issued. Enforcement is expected to begin in early 2020.
Pennsylvania’s AWZSE program uses vehicle-mounted systems to detect and record motorists exceeding posted work zone speed limits by 11 miles per hour or more using electronic speed timing devices. AWZSE systems are only operational in active work zones where workers are present. Once enforcement begins, registered owners will receive a warning letter for a first offense, a violation notice and $75 fine for a second offense, and a violation notice and $150 fine for third and subsequent offenses. These violations are civil penalties only; no points will be assessed to driver’s licenses.