Since January, drivers entering the Restore the Corridor construction zone in Wilmington have been warned the speed limit has been lowered to 45 mph and is checked by cameras.
Starting Monday, April 18, tickets will start being issued using those cameras, the Delaware Department of Transportation announce Friday.
First-time offenders will get a warning. All subsequent violations will result in a violation notice. Registered vehicle owners will receive a base violation of $20, with an additional $1 added for each mile over the limit.
For example, if a car is moving at 58 mph, the ticket will be $20 plus an additional $13 plus state fees for a total of $74.50.
These violations are civil penalties only and no points will be assessed to driver’s licenses.
The goal of the pilot program is to reduce work zone speeds and crashes, change driver behavior and improve work zone safety for workers and motorists, the state said.
In 2021, there were 423 crashes in the I-95 work zone in Delaware, an increase of 49 percent in the same area from 2019.
So far, more than 24,000 warnings have been issued. There’s also been a 10% reduction in speeds on average through the zone since January.
In addition, crashes in the work zone have decreased by almost 37 percent compared to the same time period last year.
Use of automated speed enforcement was granted by the Delaware General Assembly in Section 142 of the FY22 Bond Bill as a pilot and only for the Restore the Corridor work zone.
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience, including 15 at The News Journal in Delaware.
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