Mother's plea turns into legislation

Mother's plea turns into legislation

on the motorcyclist's condition. >>>jaciel cordoba: the state senate has unanimously approved a bill aimed at keeping highway workers safe, and it couldn't have been done without a woman from berks county.>>>eve russo: the mother of a highway worker whose son could have been involved in a deadly accident spoke with 69 news about her mission to protect her son and all highway workers. wfmz's jim vasil has the story. >>holly doppel "my hope is this will give protection to them.">>reporter what could have been tragedy for the doppel family of berks county could soon bring peace of mind to the families of highway workers in pennsylvania. >>holly doppel "there are many accidents on our highways. the turnpike especially, 78 and all, that involve people's children.">>reporter last year, holly doppel's son paul was working on a dark pennsylvania turnpike in bensalem. at 1 in the morning, he was told he could go home. four hours later, at that very spot... >>holly doppel "a car came racing through at 80 miles per hour and hit three of the guys." >>reporter the driver of the car was killed. four workers were hurt-- one of them suffered life changing injuries. holly doppel said it was by the grace of god her son was told to go home early. she spearheaded legislation to give highway workers more protection. >>holly doppel "this bill was a republican and a democrat working together on it." >>reporter in this case, the republican was state senator david argall, and the democrat was state senator judy schwank. a year and a half later, the state senate has passed the bill, sending it to the house. >>holly doppel "goodie. i'm very glad." >>reporter if the bill is signed into law, it would bring in automated speed cameras where crews work on highways. that could mean steeper penalties for speeders. and, maybe, as doppel's son continues to work on highways, more peace of mind for her. >>holly doppel "we need to have our roads fixed, they're a mess. but we've got to do it with the thing of looking at our construction workers and keeping them safe."jim vasil, 69 news.

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