Speeding in a Work Zone

Speeding in a work zone is a charge that will cost you more than your average ticket.  Getting caught driving above the speed limit in a work zone will result in a variety of different penalties that you might potentially suffer. You will most likely also face a drastic increase in your auto insurance premium.
Speeding in a construction zone falls under Article 30 section 1180 (f) of New York State Traffic Law.  Remember the penalties of a VTL 1180 (f) are not your average fines that you might receive for speeding in a regular area.   You might have noticed on certain road signs in New York State that speeding in the work zones will result in the fines being doubled.

Why Do Work Zone Violations Carry Stiffer Penalties? 

Workers on the side of the road that help fix roads, bridges and barriers are left in a very dangerous position on the side of the road.  Strictly obeying the speed limit within the work area (which is generally slower than other areas on the highway) can help keep workers safe.

According to the laws of New York State a “work zone” is any location on a roadway being utilized for roadwork in which workers, work vehicles, equipment, supplies or other barriers are located.  It is also important to note that the absence of construction work does not mean that the area is no longer considered a work zone.  We often hear from drivers who are ticketed in a work zone in middle of the night when there are no workers present but that makes no difference in the eyes of the law.

Statistics have demonstrated that increased speeds in work zones have lead to significant deaths among construction workers and the drivers themselves.  Slower speeds help facilitate a safer flow of traffic that could prevent the potential mishaps that result from lane changes and reductions in this environment.  

What Are the Fines and Penalties for a Work Zone Speeding Ticket?

Driving 1 to 10 miles per hour over the posted speed limit will result in 3 points. 11 to 20 miles per hour over the speed limit posted in a work zone will result in 4 points.  The minimum fines will double that of a normal speeding violation.  Receiving a second work zone related speed ticket within 18 months of the first will result in you having your license suspended.  Driving 21 miles or more over the posted limit will result in a 6 point ticket and also require you to pay the NYS Driver Responsibility Assessment as well, only adding to the amount of fines that you will be required to pay.

Contacting an experienced attorney can prove beneficial to you and potentially help you avoid steep fines or penalties that result from work zone related speeding tickets.  If you received a New York Traffic ticket for speeding in a work zone, contact the attorneys at The Rosenblum Law Firm: 888-883-5529 .

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  1. Hi I got a ticket for doing 71 in a 45mph work zone in binghamton ny. What would the fine be? Should I try and plead not guilty?

    • Ryan – the fine for this violation is $693, along with 6 points and significant increases in your insurance rates. For these reasons, I would certainly contest this ticket.

  2. Hi i got a ticket exactly today and he said he clocked me at 74 mph on a 40 mph work zone but the only problem is i was not speeding and another car passed right next to me speeding im a taxi driver and i had a witness at that time what should i do ?

    • Jeffrey – While I need to know what court is handling this case to give more specific information, generally speaking, you are facing an 8 point ticket that has a fine of approximately $600, fees of nearly $93, and assessment fees of $450. This will additionally have a substantial impact on insurance. You may contact us for a free consultation at 888-883-5529 .

  3. Hi . I got a speeding ticket on the 87 highway 87 mph in a 55 mph zone and it’s a work zone . Can you tell me what is the consequence? I should fight the ticket ?

    • Gab – This is an 8 point ticket which carries a fine of $1293 (because fines are doubled in a work zone), and a Driver Responsibility Assessment surcharge fee of $450. This ticket can also drastically insurance your insurance costs. Therefore, I strongly suggest you plead Not Guilty and fight this ticket.

  4. Is it possible for a ticket that I got for doing a 52 on a 35 work zone can get reduced down to a parking violation in court? Or is there no way to avoid points on my license

  5. Hi, I got a speeding ticket for 70 mph in a 55 mph work zone in Plattsburgh. However, I’m Canadian from Montreal. What are gonna be the consequences, fees and points? Thanks

    • Lynda – this speeding ticket carries 4 points against your NY driving record. The violation additionally transfers to QC, adding approximately 3-4 demerit points to your record. The maximum penalty you will face is $393 – assuming you have no prior offenses on your record. Additionally, this violation will likely impact insurance rates.