During the summer months, construction zones can make car travel a hassle. Building zones not only increase your travel time, but you also need to slow down to pass through them, but they can also create traffic jams in normally uncrowded areas.
Although inconvenient, building traffic is necessary to keep the highways in proper condition. While it can be frustrating to travel through construction zones, it is important to follow traffic laws as it protects other drivers and construction workers.
Distracted Driving Laws
Distracted driving laws vary from state to state, and when traveling through multiple states, it is important to know and understand the laws in neighboring states.
One of the biggest culprits for distracted driving is the use of the cell phone. In many states, cell phone use is illegal when driving. Even though a state cannot prohibit cell phone use in normal areas, building zones often have additional restrictions on cell phone use to reduce the likelihood of distracted driving.
Construction Zone Tickets
There are several types of tickets you can receive in construction zones, and the most common ticket is a speed ticket. Reducing speed limits for long stretches of road – and some poorly marked areas – makes it difficult to know where a construction zone begins or ends.
There are two main types of speed limit reduction in construction zones. The first is a real speed limit, with photo application and work zone reduction. This is a newer development that has hit work zones as states update their laws to use speed cameras and radar guns to capture high-speed drivers. This speed reduction is applied throughout the area even if workers are not present.
The second type of speed limit reduction is a stated limit that applies only when workers are present. There are usually flashing lights or indicators on speed limit signs that indicate when workers are present, which helps drivers know when to respect the speed limit. These limits may also be imposed, but it is more common for a policeman to be there to ensure that drivers follow the speed limit.
Handling a ticket
If you received a ticket on a desktop, you will be subject to a higher and higher penalty. You will probably also have to appear in court and you may receive a penalty for endangering drivers and workers.
Dealing with this type of ticket can be very difficult, and it is best to find someone who deals regularly with these situations. Find a lawyer who knows and understands the traffic laws specific to your area and let them work on your behalf.