Construction Zone Traffic Ticket
Residents of Bucks County know better than anyone; the County is always trying to improve its roads and highways through lengthy construction projects. The Commonwealth knows the importance of these construction projects. Construction workers have a dangerous profession. Every year highway workers and motorists are killed as a result of work zone crashes. This is why Pennsylvania created the Work-Zone Safety Law (WZS). The WZS law imposes strict penalties on drivers violating traffic laws in work zones. Therefore, if you are stopped for a Traffic Violation in an active work-zone, the penalties are far more severe than if you were stopped elsewhere.
Construction Zone Traffic Ticket Lawyer Bucks County
To avoid the dangerous repercussions of work-zone tickets, it is imperative you contact a lawyer as soon as you are issued a violation.
How Much Worse are Work Zone Tickets?
Much worse. Under the Work Zone Safety Law, drivers stopped in active work-zones face increased fines and potential suspensions. Some offenses that carry far more serious consequences in active work zones include:
- Speeding 11mph and over the posted speed limit in an active work zone
- Failing to drive at a safe speed; and
- Traffic citations issued as a result of a Motor Vehicle Accident.
If you are found guilty of any of these violations, you will automatically face a fifteen day suspension of your driving privileges.
In addition to the citations that carry a mandatory suspension, most fines for motor vehicle violations in an active work zone will be doubled resulting in costly fines, in addition to the normal penalties of the violation. If those violations carry points, you will be paying a significant amount of money between insurance premiums and fines. If you are cited for a traffic violation that carries jail time, such as homicide by vehicle for a crash, and the violation occurs in an active work-zone, the Work Zone Safety Law calls for an additional term of imprisonment of up to five years.
Can I Fight These Tickets?
While the Courts look very seriously at violations that occur in a work-zone, there are defenses that can be raised. Most commonly, there must be some sort of posting or notification that you are in an active work zone. This is done to notify motorists that they are entering a work zone. There is usually a white flashing light attached to the active work zone sign that serves to indicate that workers are present.
Why Do I Need an Attorney?
At the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, our experienced Bucks County attorneys have handled various work zone violations from Northampton to Fairless Hills and everywhere in between at both the Magisterial District Court level and the Common Pleas level. You can rest assured in knowing that we have successfully handled and routinely seen situations just like yours. With offices in Southampton, we are ready to help this community stay on the road.
When faced with work zone violations, hiring an intelligent and experienced defense attorney is a good first step in protecting your rights and your license.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.