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MO Senators approve more penalties for work zone speeding

By AP/KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri state Senators on Thursday approved tougher penalties for speeding in construction zones. The measure creates the crime of "endangerment of a highway worker."

That would include going more than 15 miles an hour over the speed limit in a work zone with a worker present; failing to stop when directed to; and intentionally hitting construction barrels.

If a highway worker was hurt or killed, violators would face up to a $10,000 fine and 12 points against their license. The bill now moves to the House for debate. It also contains language that would make it a felony for someone not to stop for a school bus if a child is injured or killed. There's also tougher penalties for motorists who don't move over when approaching an emergency vehicle.

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