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Published: Monday, February 27, 2023
Senate approves safety measures for road workers     Print 

Senate approves safety measures for road workers

By Reneé Diaz
Washington State Journal
Installing automated vehicle speed cameras and other measures to improve highway safety were approved in separate bills by the state Senate Feb.23.
“Speed kills. Our work zones have lower posted speeds for very good reasons. This helps to prevent collisions with slower-moving work vehicles and helps to protect workers who are often outside of their vehicles,” said Mark McKechnie from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission testifying in support of ESSB 5272.
There were 28 fatalities in work zones in the past three years. About 20% of accidents in work zones are due to speeding, according to the WTSC.
Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5272, sponsored by Sen. Marko Liias, D-Everett, and co-sponsored by Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, authorizes the use of speed safety camera systems in active highway work zones.
“We had to do something, and as we looked at the possibilities of what we should do, cameras came to the top. It’s the least we can do to protect these workers and make sure that they get home safely every night,” King said.
Automated traffic safety cameras detect traffic violations. The revenue generated from the cameras is treated as a parking infraction and remains with the local government.
“As the son of a construction worker, I can remember poignantly as a young boy when my father was injured on a construction site, and thankfully he recovered well,” Liias said. “The fear and uncertainty that comes with that call is something we don’t want Washington families to have to go through, particularly when their families are serving all of us.”
“When we drive unsafely through those work zones, we aren’t going a little faster, we are endangering the lives of the people doing that incredible work for us,” Liias added.
Senate Bill 5023, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Wilson, R-Longview, deals with the safety of tow truck drivers.
It allows tow trucks to operate rear-facing blue lights for use only at the scene of an emergency or accident. Trucks can use their revolving red lights when reentering the roadway from the scene of an emergency or accident.
Arthur Anderson, 63, was a tow truck driver assisting a parked car on Interstate 5 when a vehicle crashed into the car and the tow truck killing him and two other people.
Wilson said he believes lights will alert drivers to be cautious and slow down around emergency sites.
“Arthur Anderson paid the ultimate price and sought to do what any work a truck operator would do,” Wilson said.


Monday, February 27, 2023
Sidewalk and street improvements Sidewalk and street improvements
The city is looking forward to a productive 2023 focused on infrastructure improvements

Friday, February 24, 2023
Southeast Eastgate Way Southeast Eastgate Way
Southeast Eastgate Way in Bellevue to close March 6 for I-90/142nd Place Southeast overpass repairs

Saturday, April 16, 2022
Mileage tax is a slush fund for transit Mileage tax is a slush fund for transit
For Seattle planners, the mileage tax is a slush fund for transit, not a gas tax replacement

Thursday, July 15, 2021
Snohomish Countys Adopt-a-Road Snohomish Countys Adopt-a-Road
Snohomish Countys Adopt-a-Road Program Resumes After Pause Due to Pandemic

Wednesday, April 07, 2021
House passes $11 billion transportation budget House passes $11 billion transportation budget
House passes $11 billion transportation budget " Plan gets bipartisan support " Improved roadways, electric ferry in budget

Monday, May 31, 2021
Index-Galena Road Index-Galena Road
Construction is scheduled over a three-year period with plans to reopen the road by fall 2023

Monday, October 26, 2020
Tis the season to plan for snow and ice Tis the season to plan for snow and ice
Studded tires allowed in Washington from Nov. 1 to March 31; stud-free winter tire alternatives are legal year-round

Tuesday, September 08, 2020
Lane, traffic signals added on SR 524 at Yew Way Lane, traffic signals added on SR 524 at Yew Way
New traffic signals will turn on at the Yew Way-Maltby Road intersection on State Route 524, just west of SR 522 near Woodinville, early Wednesday, Sept. 9.

Thursday, September 03, 2020
Check schedules and expect waits for state ferries over Labor Day weekend Check schedules and expect waits for state ferries over Labor Day weekend
People who plan to travel on a state ferry over the Labor Day weekend should check sailing schedules and plan for long waits if driving a vehicle aboard.

Wednesday, September 02, 2020
Allow extra time if traveling this Labor Day weekend Allow extra time if traveling this Labor Day weekend
Plan ahead, use WSDOT tools to stay in the know before and during trips

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