A meeting was held by the Thruway Authority on Wednesday to discuss a pilot program recently signed into law by Governor Kathy Hochul.
The program would install cameras in highway work zones in New York State.
State Senate Transportation Committee Chair Tim Kennedy explained that thirty cameras will be installed to help keep workers safer. Accidents have killed workers just doing their jobs. Kennedy wants workers to be able to return to their families safely without worrying.
Between 2010 and 2016, the Department of Transportation reports 3,450 accidents in work zones. This resulted in 1,100 injuries to both drivers and workers as well as 50 deaths.
The program won’t begin until at least 2022.
Fines will begin at $50, then $75 for a second offense within 18 months and $100 for a third offense within 18 months.
Points cannot be added to the license of the driver because cameras will only take photos of the back license plate of the car, not the driver.