Alice Fiman, WSDOT communications, 360-705-7080 (Olympia)
CENTRALIA – An automated speed-enforcement camera will be placed in a construction zone on Interstate 5 in Lewis County beginning Monday, April 8, in an attempt to slow drivers and improve safety.
Travelers will see signs warning, “Speed limit photo enforced,” while passing through the I-5 Mellen Street to Blakeslee Junction project work zone, where crews are improving traffic flow through Lewis County. The signs will be in place the week of April 1, with enforcement starting April 8.
In 2008 and 2009, the cameras were used in two work zones on I-5 south of Olympia, and they helped reduce speeds in both areas. Most recently, the cameras were used on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass.
A small sport utility vehicle parked near the highway will monitor speeds in both directions and a camera will capture the rear license plates of speeding vehicles. Drivers caught speeding by automated enforcement in the work zone could face a $137 citation.
The automated speed-enforcement camera is part of WSDOT’s Give ‘em A Brake program, which encourages drivers to slow down in work zones. Getting drivers to slow down not only protects workers, it also protects drivers. Nationally, more than 90 percent of work-zone-related injuries involve drivers and their passengers.
If a vehicle’s license plate is photographed speeding through the work zone, the registered owner will receive a citation within 14 days. A citation is similar to a parking ticket in that it does not become part of a driver’s permanent record.
WSDOT contracted with American Traffic Solutions to run the program. Washington State Patrol reviews and certifies each infraction.
WSP troopers will also continue traditional speed enforcement in the work zone. The fine for a speeding citation issued by a police officer can exceed $400.
More information including a question-and-answer section and public feedback form, are available at www.wsdot.wa.gov/safety/ATSC.
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