28 December 2023- In December, the PA House and Senate approved and Gov. Josh Shapiro signed Act 38 of 2023 into law, which makes the Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement (AWZSE) program permanent. This program, which was partially tested on the PA Turnpike system, has already seen great success in reducing the number of incidents of speeding and crashes.
According to the 2023 AWZSE Annual Report, there has been a 47% reduction in excessive speeding (11+ mph over the speed limit) in work zones and 38% in overall speeding (1+ mph over the speed limit) since the program began in March 2020. The initiative has been fully supported by the PTC, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP).
Act 38 also provides for the ability of school busses to have cameras to better address people who blow through the vehicle’s stop signs.
The Turnpike also worked with PSP to resume Operation Orange Squeeze where PSP troopers trade in their cruisers for construction vehicles to help monitor unsafe behaviors like speeding and distracted driving specifically within work zones across the system.