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Lawmakers Considering Speed Cameras For Highway Work Zones


State lawmakers are exploring the use of cameras to catch speeding motorists in highway construction zones.

Efforts in recent years to legalize their use haven’t gotten far in the General Assembly. That’s as Indiana highway work zone crashes doubled in the last six years, heading into 2019.

Daniel Brown leads Indiana Constructors Inc., a trade association for road construction companies. He says speed cameras have reduced speeding and crashes in other states.

“If you have barrier wall on one side and limited shoulder on the other, it’s just not practical and it’s not safe for police officers to be out there writing speeding tickets,” Brown says.

ICI’s Richard Hedgecock points to Pennsylvania’s recent speed camera law, which imposed many limits on their use.

“Photos are taken only of the backs of the vehicles – so, no picture of the face of the driver – and only when that vehicle’s speed exceeds 11 miles an hour over the posted speed limit,” Hedgecock says.

A study committee will consider recommending speed camera legislation later this month.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.