Bills aim to make work zones safer following double fatal hit and run

Bills aim to make work zones safer following double fatal hit and run

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A bill filed in the State House aims to make highways safer for the men and women who work on them.

House bill H. 4033 and Senate bill S. 565 were inspired by the fatal hit and run crash in Aiken County on March 13, that killed two Department of Transportation workers and injured one.

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, 29-year-old Lonnie Miller ran off the right side of the highway, struck the three men, and drove away.

The Aiken County Coroner's Office has identified the pair killed as Anthony J. Redmond, 54, and Robert Clark, 64. 

The legislation filed would create penalties for the endangerment of a highway worker, to include DOT and utility workers and law enforcement and first responders. It creates increments of fines and jail times, depending on the severity of the offense.

The House bill, sponsored by Rep. Bill Hixon (R- Aiken) will be heard in a subcommittee meeting Tuesday in the Blatt building in the State House complex.

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