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House OKs bill to allow speed cameras in a few highway work zones

A bill allowing a few highway work zone speed cameras in Indiana cleared a key legislative hurdle Monday.

Versions of the legislation have failed in the General Assembly for years. But for the first time, the full House voted to approve the measure.

Rep. Jim Pressel’s (R-Rolling Prairie) bill, HB1015, would allow speed cameras in four work zones statewide. When workers are present, police could issue speeding tickets to those captured on camera going at least 11 miles per hour over the limit.

The first offense would be a warning; the second would be $75. Each ticket after that would be $150.

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Pressel noted that 10 other states already have programs like this.

“After the first year of implementation, Pennsylvania’s seen a 25 percent reduction in fatalities,” Pressel said.

The measure drew bipartisan support and opposition. Rep. Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington) has long opposed highway speed cameras – even in a limited pilot program.

“If everybody thinks it’s gone great, they’re going to be back to expand it," Pierce said. "And the next thing you know, we’ll be doing red light cameras and all the other stuff that other states are moving away.”

The bill now heads to the Senate, which passed a similar version last year.

Brandon is our Statehouse bureau chief. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

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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.