If you have received a ticket in a construction zone, you may be facing some serious consequences. One of the most common mistakes that people make when being issued a construction worker’s zone traffic ticket is that people just think they need to pay a fine. Our team of attorneys have handled thousands of traffic tickets all over the Cook and Dupage county area.
Our attorneys can help you better understand the potential punishments you can be facing for a construction zone traffic ticket and how it can affect you. We know that each one of our clients have a unique situation and we take the time to discuss all your options going forward to ensure the best possible result for our clients.
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There are various tickets that you can receive while driving in a construction zone in Illinois. Some of these work zone tickets include:
Speeding through a construction zone
When you are driving in a construction zone, you will typically see that there is a reduced speed limit sign. Even if you are traveling one mph over the reduced speed limit, you can receive a ticket for speeding in a construction zone.
Remember there needs to be a sign stating what the reduced speed limit is in order for you to receive a ticket for speeding in a construction zone. If there is no sign for a reduced speed in a construction zone then the speed limit will be the normal posted sign.
Do workers need to be present to get a ticket for speeding in a construction zone?
Construction workers do not need to be present in order for you to get a ticket for speeding in a construction zone. If there are construction zone signs, and you are driving above the posted speed limit, you can and will get a ticket for speeding in a construction zone.
What is the penalty for speeding in a construction zone?
The punishment for speeding in a construction zone is a minimum fine of $375.
If it is your first offense you are eligible for court supervision. Court supervision will not count as points against your driving record and should not increase your insurance rates. If you receive a second speeding in a construction zone ticket within two years, your license will get suspended for a minimum of 90 days.
Talking or texting on your cell phone while driving through a construction zone
Talking on your cell phone while driving through a construction zone will lead to some hefty fines if you are not careful. The minimum fine for distracted driving is $375 for the first offense and $1,000 for the second offense. The use of an electronic device while driving did not used to be considered a moving violation.
The law has changed and now if you receive a ticket for distracted driving with a cell phone, you will be facing some steep fines and having a moving violation on your record. Having multiple moving violations in one year will suspend your driver’s license.
Improper lane usage through a construction zone
If you are caught weaving between lanes and swerving while in a construction zone you will be facing a moving violation with a minimum fine of $375 for the first offense. Remember that prosecutors will typically not want to offer court supervision for an offense that occurred in a construction zone.
If you receive a ticket for improper lane usage in a construction zone then you will want to make sure that you have a traffic lawyer to fight for you.
Failure to move over for an emergency vehicle in a construction zone
If you fail to move over or slow down when an emergency vehicle is present and you are in a construction zone, then you will be facing a minimum fine of $375 and a moving violation on your record. If you receive a ticket for failure to move over for an emergency vehicle, the prosecutors will likely not want to offer you court supervision for the ticket. A conviction for this offense can lead to a license suspension.
Do I need a traffic lawyer?
If you have been given a ticket for speeding in a construction zone, you will be facing some harsh potential punishments. Oftentimes, the prosecutors are reluctant to give the minimum fine and court supervision for someone speeding in a construction zone. Hiring a lawyer to help defend against these charges and help get them amended will usually lead to a significantly better result in the long run.
Construction zone tickets can and will have a negative impact on your license and you can be facing a license suspension even on your first ticket if you are not careful. Let the Illinois Traffic lawyers help fight to keep your record clean!