Alabama’s new safety law doubles fines for construction violations

Road Construction

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller

A new campaign recently launched from the Alabama Department of Transportation will aim to improve awareness for work zone safety.

Under the new ‘Double Fines Law’, any moving traffic violation committed in a construction zone where workers are present will now result in a doubled fine.

The Alabama Legislature’s amendments to the construction zone went into effect in July because of the high increase of injuries and crashes last year.

There were 2,378 work zone crashes statewide in 2020, resulting in 19 fatalities and 616 injuries.

Alabama Road Builders Association President John Whitman is confident that the Double Fines Law will decrease the number of accidents each year.

“As Rebuild Alabama projects begin to cover the state, more and more traffic related work zones will be encountered,” said Whitman in a statement. “With the implementation of the new law, we anticipate slower speeds and heightened awareness from the traveling public, which will no doubt provide a much safer environment for the dads, moms, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters who wear the vest every day.”

The new theme for Drive Safe Alabama’s work zone public service announcement from ALDOT is “Not a Game,” which uses game shows to bring attention to the new law.

“We want drivers to be aware; not only of the new fines in a work zone, but of the people who are putting their lives at great risk to keep Alabama roads in good condition,” said DSA coordinator Allison Green. “Driving through a work zone is not a game and our new PSA highlights some of the violations that will result in double fines and could cost a road worker their life.”

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