Senate Bill No. 205
(By Senators Beach, Edgell, D. Facemire, Klempa and Wills)
[Introduced January 17, 2012; referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.]
A BILL to amend and reenact §17C-3-4b of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to signage for construction zones; and other traffic restrictions.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §17C-3-4b of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 3. TRAFFIC SIGNS, SIGNALS AND MARKINGS.
§17C-3-4b. Traffic violations in construction zones; posting requirement; criminal penalty.
(a) At each and every location Where street or highway construction work is to be conducted a sign being conducted, signs and other traffic control devices, as adopted in section one, article three, chapter seventeen-c of this code, shall be posted at least one thousand feet from the construction site, or as close to one thousand feet from the construction site as is practicable given giving the location of the site when workers are present, work and notifying all motorists as to the speed limit and displaying the words "construction work" any other traffic restrictions.
(b) Any person who exceeds any posted speed restriction or traffic restriction at a construction site referred to in subsection (a) of this section by less than fifteen miles per hour is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $200.
(c) Any person who exceeds any posted speed restriction or traffic restriction at a construction site referred to in subsection (a) of this section by fifteen miles per hour or more is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $200 or confined in a county or regional jail not more than twenty days, or both.
(d) Nothing in this section shall be construed to preclude prosecution of any operator of a motor vehicle who commits a violation of any other provision of this code for such violation.
(NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to update language to reflect current standards used by the Division of Highways and identified in the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.)