New highway-worker protection law begins in Pa.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Drivers who endanger the lives of Pennsylvania’s highway workers face tougher penalties under a new law that went into effect Tuesday.

Act 70 of 2015, signed by Gov. Tom Wolf in November, increases fines and penalties to more than $1,000 for reckless driving in work zones.

Drivers who injure a highway worker face a fine of up to $5,000 and a six-month suspension of their driver’s license. Those who cause the death of a worker face up to $10,000 in fines and must surrender their license for a year.

The law also broadens the definition of “highway worker” to include emergency personnel, local government and municipal workers, state and local police, and contractors or utility company workers.Get breaking news, weather and traffic on the go. Download the ABC27 News App and the ABC27 Weather App for your phone and tablet.

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