Illinois puts bite in highway construction
zone awareness: 'Hit a worker, $10,000 fine, 14 years in jail'
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[SEPT. 22, 2004]
Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed
legislation last month increasing the fines for motorists caught
speeding in a work zone and allowing the use of cameras to enforce
work zone speed limits. Fines for speeding in a work zone are now
$375 for a first offense and $1,000 for motorists caught speeding in
a work zone a second or subsequent time. Motorists caught speeding a
second time in a work zone within two years will lose their driver's
license for 90 days.
The enhanced fines and use of automated
control systems are just some of the recommendations of the Work
Zone Safety Task Force appointed by Gov. Blagojevich last year.
Other recommendations include:
defined work zones -- Projects on multilane highways have signs
better identifying the appropriate speed in a particular work zone
and also when it is safe to resume normal speed.
driver education curriculum -- A compact disc and teaching manuals
have been mailed to more than 1,500 high schools and private
driver education facilities.
- New signage -- A new sign has
been developed and is being placed at projects throughout the
state publicizing work zone-related penalties: "Hit a worker,
$10,000 fine, 14 years in jail."
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use of stationary and portable changeable message boards in and
around work zones.
consistent-looking work zones
Remote-controlled flaggers -- The Illinois Department of
Transportation is using federal research funds to test 20 newly
developed remote flagger workstations.
- "Trooper in a Truck" -- This
program allows state police to covertly enforce speed limits,
out-of-uniform and in Illinois Department of Transportation