New Work Zone Speed Control Systems (Road Workers Protection Act) Effective June 1, 2024

In April 2024, Maryland lawmakers passed HB 513, a bill intended to better protect highway workers and motorists in work zones through cultural shifts to safer driving habits inside work zones.  The new law goes into effect on June 1, 2024 with additional changes effective January 1, 2025.  It allows more than one speed camera to be placed in larger work zones, requires updates to work zone signage and lighting requirements to help identify when workers are present on the job site.  Speed cameras will be equipped with flashing blue lights and fines will increase in two stages.  Effective June 1, 2024 fines will increase from $40 to $80.  An updated schedule of fines will take effect in January 2025, with a sliding scale, from $60 to $500, corresponding to how far over the speed limit the driver was recorded at the time of their recorded offense.  If workers were present at the time of the offense, the citation’s fine will double.