Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Legislature Approves Stricter Punishments for Drivers Who Injure Construction Workers

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Legislature Approves Stricter Punishments for Drivers Who Injure Construction Workers

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Drivers who injure workers in construction zones will face more serious penalties next year.

The state Legislature overwhelmingly approved the state's first specific penalties last week for drivers who injure construction workers. The bill also applies to motorists who injure first responders in a construction zone.

Gov. Tom Wolf's office indicated he will sign the bill. Previously, the only special penalties for work-zone accidents involved doubling fines for speeding.

Senate Bill 887, co-sponsored by Sens. Jay Costa, D-Forest Hills, and Camera Bartolotta, R-Monongahela, sets a fine of up to $1,000 for a driver who causes a bodily injury; a $5,000 fine and loss of license for up to six months for a serious bodily injury; and a $10,000 fine and loss of license for up to a year for a death.

"This is a hammer instead of a slap on the wrist," said Ms. …

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