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House OKs bill to allow speed cameras in a few highway work zones

Republican Representative Jim Pressel addresses Democratic Representative Matt Pierce on the floor of the Indiana House. Pressel and Pierce are both White men with gray hair, wearing suits.
Brandon Smith
IPB News
Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie), left, addresses Rep. Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington), right, during a House floor debate on a highway work zone speed cameras bill on Monday, Feb. 6, 2023.

A bill allowing a few highway work zone speed cameras in Indiana cleared a key legislative hurdle Monday.

Versions of the legislation have failed in the General Assembly for years. But for the first time, the full House voted to approve the measure.

Rep. Jim Pressel’s (R-Rolling Prairie) bill, HB1015, would allow speed cameras in four work zones statewide. When workers are present, police could issue speeding tickets to those captured on camera going at least 11 miles per hour over the limit.

The first offense would be a warning; the second would be $75. Each ticket after that would be $150.

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Pressel noted that 10 other states already have programs like this.

“After the first year of implementation, Pennsylvania’s seen a 25 percent reduction in fatalities,” Pressel said.

The measure drew bipartisan support and opposition. Rep. Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington) has long opposed highway speed cameras – even in a limited pilot program.

“If everybody thinks it’s gone great, they’re going to be back to expand it," Pierce said. "And the next thing you know, we’ll be doing red light cameras and all the other stuff that other states are moving away.”

The bill now heads to the Senate, which passed a similar version last year.

Brandon is our Statehouse bureau chief. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith has covered the Statehouse for Indiana Public Broadcasting for more than a decade, spanning three governors and a dozen legislative sessions. He's also the host of Indiana Week in Review, a weekly political and policy discussion program seen and heard across the state. He previously worked at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri and WSPY in Plano, Illinois. His first job in radio was in another state capitol - Jefferson City, Missouri - as a reporter for three stations around the Show-Me State.