A proposal that would toughen penalties for speeding in a work zone — and create a new criminal charge for endangering the lives of highway workers — easily cleared a South Carolina House transportation committee Tuesday
The measure now headed to the full House was proposed after a hit-and-run driver killed two state Department of Transportation employees who were working along a road near North Augusta earlier this month. If approved, it would create the offense of “endangerment of a highway worker” for any driver who fails to obey traffic control devices in a work zone or who drive outside the designated lanes in that same zone. A driver who does risks a minimum $500 fine and/or 30 days in prison.
“Right now the minimum fine is $75 up to $200,” lead sponsor State Rep. Bill Hixon, R-North Augusta, said. “That’s the same thing it is for speeding up and down the open highway now.” [Read more…]