Work zone speeders in Pennsylvania will be caught on radar under new pilot program

Last year, there were more than 1,800 work zone crashes in Pennsylvania resulting in 23 deaths. This year, PennDOT, the Turnpike Commission and the state police aim to do something about it.

Those three entities announced Wednesday the start of a statewide pilot program that will use radar to detect and record motorists exceeding posted work zone speed limits by 11 mph or more. The Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement systems will only be operational in active work zones where workers are present, PennDOT said in a news release…

Automated speed enforcement units will be deployed to a number of active work zones during the pre-enforcement period, initially focusing on interstate and other limited access work zones, such as Interstate 78 in Berks County. Work zones are selected by a data-driven process to maximize the effectiveness of the systems and will be marked with signage in advance of the enforcement area, PennDOT officials said.