If you receive a NY traffic ticket for speeding in a work zone or construction zone (i.e. violating VTL 1180f), you could face serious consequences.
Do not forget, VTL 1180f is not your average speeding ticket.
You probably see the signs all the time, but ignore them like most of us. They read, “State Law: Fines Doubled for Speeding in Work Zones.”
However, aside from incurring an even steeper fine, violating VTL 1180f carries with it other consequences that you ought to be aware of.
First Traffic Ticket In Work Zone Offense
If you are caught speeding 10 to 20 miles per hour over the posted speed limit in a work zone or construction zone, 4 points will be added onto your New York driver’s license, you will incur a double fine, and face a steep insurance hike.
Some courts look harsher on work zone speeding tickets than general speeding tickets.
This means they are tougher to get out of and usually require the assistance of an experienced traffic ticket attorney.
Many clients wonder why New York State is harsher on speeding in a work zone than speeding in any other area.
Typically, this is done in order to reduce the likelihood of an accident.
Statistics show that faster speeds in work zones lead to significant injuries not only to construction workers, but also to our fellow drivers.
Additionally, slower speeds are needed in order to avoid accidents that could result from lane shifts or reductions.
Second Traffic Ticket In Work Zone Offense in 18 Months
If you receive a second work zone speeding ticket within 18 months of your first, your license will be suspended unless you can successfully get out of the ticket.
Remember, if you receive a ticket for traveling 20 miles or more over the posted speed limit, you will have to pay the New York State Driver’s Responsibility Assessment as well (which can be very expensive).
In spite of all this, a New York traffic ticket attorney can help you avoid all of the fallout associated with a work zone speeding ticket.
What is a Work Zone?
Under New York law, a “work zone” or “work area” is a location on a highway that is used or being occupied for highway work in which workers, vehicles, equipment, materials, supplies, excavations, or other obstructions are present.
It is important to understand that actual construction work does not need to be in progress in order for the area to be considered a work zone.
This means that speeding in an unoccupied work zone is just as much a violation of VTL 1180f as when construction is in full swing.
A work zone is usually marked off by orange barrels or cones and the work zone speed limit sign will also be orange.
Remember, New York State law prohibits the speed limit in a work zone from being more than 20MPH under the usually posted limit and it cannot be less than 25MPH.
Who Should You Contact?
If you or a loved one received a NY traffic ticket for speeding in a work zone, contact Adam H. Rosenblum of The Rosenblum Law Firm. He is an experienced NY traffic ticket attorney who call help reduce or dismiss your ticket. E-mail or call him today at 888-883-5529.