Are California Traffic Fines Doubled In Construction Zones?
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Drivers will be hit with a construction zone traffic fine if they are within 400 feet of a construction zone. If they are speeding, then the costs can be quite significant. The speed limits for construction zones can also be as low as 25 miles per hour. This has led to a lot of drivers getting caught out due to the unexpected, lower limits.
Fines are doubled in construction zones for a variety of different moving violations in California. To avoid fines like this, it is important to make sure that you do pay attention to orange color signs in certain locations. These signs that display a black image of a construction worker show that there is some form of street work in progress.
It’s worth noting that the construction zone enforcement as well as the rates will be applicable, regardless of whether there are any visible workers on the road at the time of the incident.
It’s also important to point out that speeding ticket violations in construction zones are already more expensive than the typical speeding ticket. The reason for this is that speeding in a location like this is considered more dangerous than on a typical road where there is no risk of construction workers being injured.
The base cost of traffic fines in construction zones has not increased over the past few years. However, additional penalties can add to the cost depending on the city or county where you were charged with the violation. These penalties can include medical costs as well various other additional penalties that you might be hit with.
The difference between a typical offense and an offense in a construction zone is significant. For instance, the typical fine for a failure to obey traffic control devices is $238. In a construction zone, this fine increases to $367.
If you pass a school bus with flashing signals then the typical fine is $695. In a construction zone, this fine increases to $853. The good news is that the number of DMV points added to your license will remain the same, regardless of the location.
In California it is possible to choose to go to traffic school for one violation every 18 months. Many people assume that this will allow you to save money on your speeding fine. However, this is not quite true. The reality is that you will still need to pay the full fine amount and the traffic school court fee as well as the court fee on top of this. As such, opting to attend traffic school could cost you more money in the short term. In the long term, it may save you money as this will essentially mask the additional DMV points. As such, you won’t experience increased costs on your insurance premium. So, if you are worried about the cost of insurance then traffic school could be the right option for you.
Due to the rising costs, it is more common for drivers to fight traffic fines that are received due to a violation in a construction zone. The simple reason for this is that they are more incentivised to avoid a hefty bill. If you do not want to appear in court to fight this type of violation, then you might want to consider a written declaration. Drivers have found great success with this option in the past.
Do note that fines for speeding tickets in California are already one of the highest examples across the nation. Surcharges only add to this cost and penalties may also lead to higher charges for insurance. According to one report in Popular Mechanics, people should expect their insurance to rise by 20 times the cost of the original ticket.
It’s worth pointing out that the cost of a traffic fine in a construction zone is not always double the typical amount. Whether or not it is doubled will depend on the actions of the police officer that noted the violation. Usually, they will determine the ticket cost based on how dangerous your driving was. This can depend on various factors including time of day and the number of people working around the road. However, more often than not police officers in California will provide strict fines to deter other drivers from violating similar traffic regulations.
GetDismissed produces results in fighting all kinds of tickets. Unfortunately, this list does not include exhibition of speed citations. Your best bet in fighting one of these infractions, is to contact an attorney. An attorney can negotiate on your behalf to try and reduce fines, or even to reduce the charges to a lesser infraction which could possibly qualify for traffic school.
We do however, contest infractions revolving around speeding, red lights, red light cameras, cell phones, signs (primarily stop signs), carpool violations, U-turns, out of lane violations, and commercial violations. If you receive a citation and have questions, contact us today.