California Speeding in a Work Zone Traffic Ticket
Speeding in a work zone is illegal in order to protect construction workers from unnecessary danger while they work. If you are caught speeding in a work zone, you face much higher penalties than you may receive for speeding normally.
Work zones are denoted by orange signs which state that work is in progress. These signs will often have a speed limit that drivers must follow even when they cannot see people working.
What Is the Law For Speeding in a Work Zone?
Speeding in a work zone is regulated by California Vehicle Code Section 22362 VC. Under this law, speeding is not allowed within 400 ft of a work zone.
The speed limit for a work zone may be set as low as 25 mph in order to protect workers from moving traffic. Any driver who exceeds that speed limit may be charged with speeding in a work zone.
What Are the Penalties For Speeding in a Work Zone?
The penalties for speeding in a work zone are higher than regular speeding penalties because they pose a serious risk to the safety of workers.
Penalties can include:
- Fines of up to $600
- Speeding ticket
- Points on your license
- Jail time (for excessive speed)
If you cause property damage or injury to someone while speeding in a work zone, you may face additional charges. There is no option to complete traffic school in order to reduce the fine or impact on your license if you were speeding in a work zone.
Overcoming the Presumption of A Violation
If you are caught speeding in a work zone, the law presumes you are in violation of the law. This means that you have the burden of proof to show evidence that you were not violating the law. You can do this by showing evidence that:
- There were no signs to show it was a work zone
- You were traveling at a reasonable speed given the weather and road conditions