Speeding in Construction Zone Lawyers

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What Are Construction Zones?

In most states, the penalties for speeding or other moving violations are increased if the offense occurs inside a construction or work zone. Construction zones are usually areas where crews are working on roadways, public utilities, or other municipal or state infrastructure improvement projects. Penalties are greater in these areas because of the risks of injury or death to construction personnel working alongside busy roadways.

What Are the Penalties for Speeding in Construction Zones?

Just as with normal moving violations, motorists who violate the law in a construction zone receive a citation. However, the fines for moving violations are almost always greater than for normal moving violations. Many states impose fines that are twice as much as the normal rate. Often a motorist traveling more than thirty miles per hour over the speed limit in a construction zone will face a serious fine and up to 30 days in prison.

Another penalty for moving violations is the accrual of points on your driving record. States that use the point system usually require a motorist to attend a driver education class or pass driving exams if a certain amount of points are accrued. The amount of points added for a moving violation in a construction zone is usually greater than for a normal moving violation.

Do I Need a Lawyer for My Speeding Citation?

If you have been charged with criminal speeding or another crime, an experienced criminal defense attorney can advise you on your legal rights and defenses. A criminal defense lawyer also can represent you in court.

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Last Modified: 10-07-2010 02:17 PM PDT

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