Fines Could Double in MODOT Work Zones
They want to establish what are known as travel safe zones.
These zones are only in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas but they could make their way out to Columbia. Drivers see travel safe signs on any 1-5 mile long segment of road where fatal or disabling motor vehicle crashes are higher than normal. A proposed bill would double fines for traffic violations in any of these zones.
Joyce Branson has worked for MODOT for 3 years and said she isn't sure if the travel safe zones and the fines will really be effective.
"I don't know because a lot of people just don't pay attention," Branson said.
But officers will be paying attention and increasing patrols in the travel safe zones. The bill will also stiffens penalties in work zones.
"This piece of legislation if passed would provide increased penalties for speeding through work zones and also increased penalties if a worker is injured as a result of a crash in a work zone," said the Director of Highway Safety Division Leanna Depue.
This year Missouri is experiencing the largest number of road work areas in its history. While there are no travel safe roads in Columbia now, MODOT says there eventually could be as they try to increase crash prevention.
If passed, the bill would go into effect next January.
Reported by: Lindsey Sablan