Fines Higher For Speeding In IA Construction Zones
Posted: July 2, 2008 06:57 PM CDT
It used to be that if you got caught speeding in a construction zones, fines were doubled. As of July 1st, that has all changed in Iowa.
And now, you can end up paying a lot more for a lead-foot in those construction areas.
It's summer and you know what that means, construction, and lots of it!
However now, new legislation has been past to improve the safety in these work zones.
"What we have seen in the past, or seen in the recent past, is an increase in the accidents that occur in work zones, and of those accidents... the majority of the injured parties are not the workers, but it's the motorists," said Dakin Schultz, Iowa Department of Transportation.
However, some of those accidents have ended in death.
"We have about an average of 5 fatals a year, "stated Schultz.
Now, if you're caught speeding through those work zones you are going to have big consequences.
"One hundred and fifty dollars for anything up to 10mph. Three hundred dollars for 11 to 20mph over, posted speed, and five hundred dollars for speeds from 20 to 25," mentioned Schultz.
Those going 25mph over in construction zones, they will pay up to thousand dollars.
Making these changes in Iowa law, Dakin says, is beneficial to all on the road.
"Trying to improve the safety of the workers in construction zones as well as the motorists that travel through the construction zone "stated Schultz.
Other violations, besides speeding, will continue to be fined double in construction zones.
The Iowa DOT has made new signs will be replacing the old signs that said, "Fines Double in Construction Zones, Road Workers Give 'Em A Brake".
There will be about 243 signs installed, 84 on interstates and 159 on primary, two-lane highways.