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:
- Public utilities
- 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.
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. Additionally, a motorist traveling more than thirty miles per hour over the speed limit in a construction zone will face a serious fine, but may also be subject to jail time.
Another penalty for moving violations are 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.
If you have been charged with speeding in a construction zone or another related crime, it would be wise to consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. A lawyer can best advise you on your legal rights and defenses, and if you are facing jail time, a criminal defense lawyer can zealously and effectively represent you.