Speeding in a Work Zone

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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 Rosenblum Law: 888-434-0406.

80 thoughts on “Speeding in a Work Zone”

  1. Hello,
    I got a ticket in Hancock Ny. I was doing 64 in a 45 work Zone. They offered me a plea of 50 in a 45 in a work zone and 3points. I don’t know if I should take the plea or fight the ticket. Please advise what the ticket carries and if it’s a decent deal..

    1. Hello Sheer and thank you for your question. I suggest contacting us to discuss further, as the plea offer that is presented to you will cost approximately $393 in penalties, and may have a significant impact to your insurance rates.

  2. I received a speeding ticket last night -Speed in zone -VTL Section 1180D in Dover New York
    61 miles per hour in a 40 mile zone. I did not realize that I was speeding. It was very dark out and it was 11:00 pm at night. Is it worth it to plead not guilty?

    1. Elizabeth – you are currently facing a 6 point speeding ticket for travelling 21 mph over the speed limit. If you plead guilty to this ticket, you will be assessed fines of $300, court fees of $93, and a driver responsibility assessment fee of $300. Additionally, pleading guilty to this ticket will result in a significant increase to your insurance rates. I therefore suggest contesting this ticket by pleading not-guilty.

  3. I am a Quebec driver and I got a ticket for speeding 74 in a 55mph Work zone I-87 north hudson. How much is the fine? What are my chances to get it reduced or dismissed?

    1. Carl – you are currently facing a 4 point speeding ticket that will have fines of approximately $693. Additionally, you will be assessed demerit points against your QC license. We therefore suggest contesting this violation to reduce the consequences of this ticket.

  4. I got a ticket for supposedly doing 70 in a 45 work zone as the cop says but it signs said it was 55 and when he flew up on me i was doing 60 and a cars were in front of me. What should i do ?

    1. Bill – in order to provide further information, please provide us with the name of the court. Court procedures differ markedly based on which court has jurisdiction over your case.

  5. I received a uniform traffic ticket in town of North Hudson for speeding in a work zone. On line 6 it stated defendants speed as 65 in a 50 mph based on “direct observation “ verified by radar(stalker dual) I had sped up to pass pick up to reach exit 30 on I-87 N/B. I am from CT, should I plead not guilty? It’s my first ever speeding ticket

    1. I suggest contesting this 4 point speeding ticket, as it carries fine of $393 along with a potentially significant increase in your insurance rates. Please note – as speeding is a ‘strict liability’ offense, the reason for speeding is not relevant in your defense.

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