PECATONICA -- Captain Jeff Bain, Commander Illinois State Police District 16 announced enforcement results of the work zone safety project. The details were worked during April, 2013 in Winnebago County. A total of 32 citations and 38 written warnings were issued.
There were 9 citations issued for occupant restraint violations; 9 citations for speeding; 6 citations for cell phone use; and, no citations for Scott’s Law violations. A person found guilty of speeding in a construction zone could be fined a minimum of $375. A second and subsequent offense could result in a $1,000 fine and a 90-day driver’s license suspension. In addition, a driver who injures or kills a worker is subject to a maximum $10,000 fine and 14 years imprisonment. Penalties for Scott’s Law violations also include a fine up to $10,000 and a range of a 90-day to two-year license suspension.
These patrols are worked in and around construction zones and are designed to promote a safer atmosphere for the workers, as well as other motorists. Officers working the details concentrate their enforcement efforts on individuals exceeding the posted speed limit in the construction zone as well as “Scott’s Law” violations (failure to move over or yield to emergency vehicles). This project is funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation.