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Bill doubles fines inccured in work zones

April 10, 2006
By: Kathryn Buschman
State Capital Bureau

As flags flew at half-staff Monday to honor a Missouri Department of Transportation employee killed on the job last Friday a group of MoDot employees gather in the capitol to show their support of a bill that penalizes drivers who disobey traffic laws in safety zones.

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Fines would double for drivers convicted of a violation in a designated travel safety zone under a bill sponsored by St. Louis County Representative St. Onge. Brian Atnep a member of MoDot's Employees Association says the bill is good for public awareness.

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Contents: "A lot of us work out on Interstate I-44 and I-70 it's not a real you know with traffic congested it's kinda bad at times and we feel that just to make everyone aware to slow down-we have families that we want to go home to."

Since 1987 34 MoDot employees have died on the job and half of them were killed by passing vehicles.

From the state Capitol I am Kathryn Buschman.

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Flags flew at half-staff Tuesday in memoriam of a MoDOT inspector killed on the job last Friday. One St. Louis County legislator wants to double the fines of drivers convicted of a moving violation within a work zone. Kathryn Buschman has more from Jefferson City.

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Since 1987 34 department of transportation employees have been killed on the job and half of them were killed by passing vehicles. Representative St. Onge's bill would double motorists fines incurred in a work zone. Sandra Hentges, public information officer for the department of transportation says the department hopes the bill passes.

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Contents: "We believe that stiffer penalties will make people more cautious in work zones and therefore work zones will be safer."

Law makers will debate the bill Tuesday on the House floor.

From the Jefferson City, I am Kathryn Buschman.