HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A bill to toughen penalties for aggressive and distracted drivers who endanger or kill highway workers in construction zones is awaiting the signature of Gov. Tom Wolf.
The measure, Senate Bill 887, has cleared the state Legislature.
The legislation broadens the definition of “highway workers” to include emergency personnel, local government and municipal workers, state and local police, and contractors or utility company workers.
In addition to criminal penalties, people who drive irresponsibly in work zones could face fines and penalties exceeding $1,000.
Those who cause injuries to highway workers and highway workers would face fines of up to $5,000 and a six-month suspension of their driver’s license.
Drivers who cause the death of a worker would pay a fine of up to $10,000 and surrender their license for a year.