Speeding in Work Zone or School Zone
It’s easy to find yourself in real trouble here even when you think you are doing everything right. The most common situation occurs while you are driving through a work zone area (these are becoming more common with the increased growth around Charlotte). These areas can be set up quickly and unexpectedly. You are driving within the posted speed limit and believe you are driving safely. Nevertheless, you look in the rearview mirror and suddently see blue lights behind you. What have you done wrong? Another common scenario is while driving through a school zone. You drive past a school and do not see any kids standing near the street. You drive past, and before you know it, there is an officer pulling you over. However, during other times of the day, you do not see any children around, so you drive at the regular speed. Again, a police officer appears out of nowhere and pulls you over.
If you have received a traffic ticket while in a work zone or a school zone, you are facing significant additional fines and penalties on your driving record. For obvious reasons, speeding in these areas is treated much more seriously than an ordinary traffic ticket. These enhanced penalty laws were enacted as speeding in these areas potentially places children and road workers at risk. Unlike other traffic citations which may be more easily resolved by a person on their own, we suggest hiring a Charlotte traffic ticket attorney to help with these more serious matters. Here, it is not just inconvenience at issue. Both the police and district attorneys prosecute these traffic infractions more aggressively. Better to have professional representation to present your case and explain your individual circumstances.
Why You Need a Charlotte Traffic Attorney
A speeding charge in a school zone can result in an extra three (3) points on your license. Because of the special safety concerns discussed earlier, the fine penalty is also increased for these work zone and school zone offenses. If convicted of speeding in a work zone, you are assessed an additional $250 in excess of the underlying speeding charge. A work zone is the area between the sign that states that a work zone is beginning, and a sign that says that the work zone is ending. The signs must state the penalty for speeding in a work zone. Also, these tickets are more difficult to negotiate given the enhanced fines and penalties. Certainly, you can attempt to represent yourself and try to negotiate on your own without a lawyer. But, in this situation, we respectfully encourage you to rethink hiring a Charlotte traffic ticket lawyer and let us handle your case. After all, this is our job and what we do this every day. We can help take away the anxiety and dread of having to go to court, deal with a prosecutor, and face a judge. Call us today for answers and options.