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Work zone cameras a success, SHA chief says

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State Highway Administrator Neil J. Pedersen told a General Assembly committee today that the speed cameras posted in three highway work zones under a law that took effect last year have been a success during their first three months.

Pedersen said the agency's speed measures in the zones, as well as anecdotal accounts from contractors show speeds are down in the work zones.

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"They have definitely noticed a decrease in speed," he said.

In response to concerns that the cameras' purpose was mainly to raise revenue, Pedersen said that so far the cost of the camera program has exceeded collections on fines -- an outcome he said he's happy with as long as speeds are decreased.


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