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Construction Zones… McMaster Signs Law Meant to Slow Down Drivers

Mon June 19, 2017 - Southeast Edition #13
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Gov. Henry McMaster signs a law to protect protect workers.
(imgarcade.com photo)
Gov. Henry McMaster signs a law to protect protect workers. (imgarcade.com photo)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Gov. Henry McMaster ceremoniously signed a law that aims to slow down drivers in highway construction zones to protect workers.

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

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.

It 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.