Work Zone Speed Cameras To Be Installed On Pocomoke River Bridge - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Work Zone Speed Cameras To Be Installed On Pocomoke River Bridge

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POCOMOKE, Md. - An ongoing local road improvement project, is getting an added safety feature, after an apparent rise in fender benders. The Maryland State Highway Administration, along with Maryland State Police says they will be installing a Maryland SafeZones Automated Speed Enforcement system at the Pocomoke River Bridge on Route 13, at the Worcester/Somerset County line.

This is the first time that a work zone speed camera will be used on the Eastern Shore. The install is expected to be complete on August 19, starting with a 21-day warning period. MSP says they will start authorizing $40 civil citations on September 9th, for drivers who go 12 or more miles an hour over the work zone speed limit of 45. Large signs will be in place, and a speed trailer informing drivers of their speed will be placed before the work zone as well to bring attention to the construction.

District Engineer Donnie Drewer says "Unfortunately in the short time this project has been active, we've seen a number of rear-end crashes, indicating speeding and inattentive driving behaviors in the US 13 work zone. SafeZones is a tool proven to lower speeds and influence safer driving in work zones, where there is little or no margin for error. With safety as our number one priority, we're hopeful that the addition of automated speed enforcement enhances the safety of those working along US 13, as well as those traveling through the work zone."

Officials say speeding violations have decreased by more than 90 percent where SafeZones have been installed. Currently there are 13 others throughout the state. The Pocomoke River Bridge project, which includes the installation of new bridge decks and resurfacing of both sides of the structure, is expected to continue through late fall 2015.

Back in July 47 ABC's Kelly Rule spoke with both residents and Police, who were concerned about safety at the site.

For more information, visit Maryland's SafeZones website. 

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