Wednesday, Governor Henry McMaster signed into law House Bill H. 4033, known as the Highway Workers' Safety Act, that increases penalties for drivers who speed through roadwork conststruction zones.
SCDOT has recorded a total of 39 workers who were killed in work zones throughout the agency’s history.
This legislation is designed to significantly increase the penalties for motorists who speed through work zones above the posted limits. The fines range from $500 to $5,000 for endangering a highway worker without injury, to causing bodily harm, to the death of a highway worker. The fines collected for these offenses will be used to provide more law enforcement officers who will focus on patrolling work zones.
Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall said this act provides a significant step in protecting highway workers. “We cannot bring back those men and women we have lost, but this legislation stands as a severe warning to all motorists as they approach work zones that they could be putting the lives of highway workers – and their own lives in jeopardy. This new law gives significant and true meaning to our motto; Let ‘em Work, Let ‘em Live,” said Hall.