By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA
ARTBA and eight other transportation-focused organizations are urging Congress to provide federal funding for automated speed enforcement in work zones, currently prohibited by provisions in the FAST Act and National Highway Safety Traffic Administration rules.
“In 2017, almost 800 people were killed and 38,900 people were injured in work zone crashes, and these tragedies are all preventable,” says the Dec. 20 letter to key House and Senate committee leaders. “Most work zone fatalities and injuries can be attributed to speeding. … Implementing automated enforcement systems in work zones is successful in reducing speed, aggressive driving, fatalities and injuries.”
As Congress moves forward with reauthorization of the FAST Act surface transportation law, ARTBA will continue to advocate for greater safety improvements and enforcement for the transportation construction industry. See ARTBA’s recommendations in our “Reauthorization Task Force” report.