Connecticut officials launch work zone safety initiative on roads
Gov. Ned Lamont and Transportation Commissioner Garrett Eucalitto announced the launch of a work zone safety initiative Wednesday.
At a news conference Wednesday, officials announced Connecticut will soon get its first automated speed cameras in highway work zones.
A one-year pilot program will start April 10 in Norwalk and East Hartford.
Speed cameras will be placed on top of white SUVs parked on the side of the road.
"We'll be able to keep an eye on you. We'll be able to hold you accountable, but I want you to hold yourselves accountable and keep these folks safe," said Lamont.
The first ticket will get drivers a warning, and the second is a $75 fine.
This year, state lawmakers are considering a wider speed camera rollout.
The initiative is designed to reduce speeding and prevent crashes, injuries and fatalities in work zones on Connecticut roads.
The UConn Connecticut Crash Data Repository says there were nearly 750 crashes in work zones in 2021, including three fatalities.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation offers 10 tips for driving safely through work zones: expect the unexpected, stay alert, keep a safe distance, obey the speed limit, keep up with the flow of traffic, obey road crew flaggers, know before you go, be patient and stay calm, wear your seatbelt and obey work zone signs.