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S.C. governor signs law to slow down work zone traffic


Thursday, June 15, 2017
by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Gov. Henry McMaster ceremoniously signing a law that aims to slow down drivers in highway construction zones to protect workers.

The Republican governor held ceremony Wednesday at the state Department of Transportation maintenance facility in Aiken.

The ceremony came one day after an Iowa road construction worker was killed while on the job.

In, South Carolina, a driver who disobeys traffic control signs or disregards orange cones can be charged with endangering a highway worker.

The fine is up to $1,000 if no one is injured. It increases to up to $5,000 if injury results, depending on the severity.

The law took effect with McMaster's signature May 19.

The bill was approved unanimously after two DOT workers were struck and killed in a hit and run near North Augusta in March.

The legislative effort began in 2013 after a highway worker was killed in Williamsburg County in 2013.

The Iowa accident occurred Tuesday in northern Lucas County.

The Iowa State Patrol says a motorist didn't see 48-year-old Barbarella Moore, who was preparing to flag vehicles while another worker cut concrete.

Moore was pronounced dead at the scene. She lived in Waterloo.

The motorist was identified as 32-year-old Brady Rasmus, who lives in Chariton.

 

 

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