The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a law to allow an Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement (AWZSE) program in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The legislation, Act 86 of 2018, was introduced in January 2017 during Regular Session 2017-2018 and amends Title 75 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes by adding Section 3369 – Automated Speed Enforcement Systems in Active Work Zones and amending Section 3368 – Speed Timing Devices.

What YOU Need to Know:

    1. AWZSE systems in active work zones
      • Work zones must be active (workers present) for the AWZSE systems to be operational.
      • Work zones behind barriers are considered “active” for the purpose of this program.
    2. Two warning signs must be provided before the AWZSE location.
      • At least one of the signs must indicate when the AWZSE is active.
      • A notice must be posted at the active work zone indicating the location of the AWZSE system (e.g. sign located at or on the AWZSE vehicle).
      • A notice identifying AWZSE locations must be posted on the transportation agency’s website.
    3. Use of electronic speed-timing devices (radar or nonradar) to detect vehicles exceeding the posted speed limit by 11 mph or more.
      • Once detected, AWZSE system records an image of the license plate, captures vehicle speed and identifies to whom the vehicle is registered.
      • A violation notice is prepared and mailed to the vehicle owner.
    4. Penalties
      • First offense – warning letter.
      • Second offense – violation notice and $75 fine.
      • Third (and subsequent) offense – violation notice and $150 fine.
      • Civil penalty only; no criminal penalty.
      • No points on license or impact to merit rating for insurance purposes.
      • Violations may be contested up to 30 days from the mailing of the notice.
      • Examples of the warning letter and violation notice will be available at a later date.
    5. Fines collected are used to pay for the cost of program operation and maintenance.
    6. Right-to-Know Law Applicability
      • Information and data, including images collected via the AWZSE program, are not considered public record under the Right-to-Know Law.
      • Information can be provided to law enforcement officials only by court order if information is solely connected to a criminal law enforcement action.