Why Do Traffic Fines Double in Construction Zones?

January 25, 2024

Getting a speeding ticket in a construction zone can be costly for drivers. Not only does it raise your car insurance rates but it also puts you at a higher risk for future violations and potential suspension of your license. In addition to these fines, you may be required to attend traffic school or have your license revoked if you receive too many points in a short period of time. The best way to avoid these consequences is by obeying the posted work zone speed limits and watching out for changes in elevation, narrower roads, and lane shifts while driving through these areas.

In the eyes of NY State law, a work area is defined as any location on a roadway that is being utilized for roadwork in which workers, vehicles, equipment, materials, supplies, excavations, or barriers are present. The presence of construction workers is not required in order to be ticketed for speeding in a work zone.

The main reason why speeding fines are doubled in construction zones is to ensure the safety of the workers and motorists. It is also against the law to pass a stopped emergency vehicle, which includes police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, and tow trucks that display flashing amber warning lights. This is known as the "Move Over" law. It is important to slow down and pay attention to the speed limits in work zones, as they are often 20 mph below the normal limit for that section of road.


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