Miles B. Norman/Elmira (N.Y.) Star-Gazette)
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A Senate proposal would increase fines and jail time for driving violations in construction zones in South Carolina.
The Post and Courier of Charleston reports (http://bit.ly/GSf9hm) the bill is being prepared by Transportation Committee Chairman Larry Grooms and Sen. Paul Campbell.
Speeding in construction zones now carries a maximum fine of $200 and 30 days in jail.
Under the proposal, the fine would be increased to a minimum $250 fine and if someone in a vehicle is hurt, the offender could be sentenced to a $1,000 fine and 30 days in jail.
The bill proposes that accidents that injure constriction workers carry a maximum fine of $5,000 and two years in prison. A driver who kills a highway worker could be fined $10,000 and sent to prison for three years.
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