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New bill could triple speeding fines in SC work zones

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - State lawmakers are considering a bill that would increase speeding fines in South Carolina work zones.

Called "Peanut's Law," the bill is inspired by a Williamsburg County man who was killed in his third week on the job as a flag operator.  

The current penalty for speeding in a work zone carries a maximum $200 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

Under Peanut's Law, the fine would increase to a max of $400 without injury, and $1,000 if an injury occurs.

The bill also looks to increase trooper presence in state work zones.

"Our presence is very crucial," said SC Highway Patrol senior trooper Hannah Wimberly.

"Of course when they see us, they do try to slow down."

Trooper Wimberly says drivers shouldn't rely on cones as the only mark of a construction zone.  She says the slower speed limit applies anytime there is a sign indicating a work zone.

"Especially in these work zones where men and women are out there trying to work and they want to go home at the end of the day just like us."
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