Construction zones are almost everywhere along the Grapevine, but do the
reduced speed limits really slow people down?
Officials in the desert community of Indio declared a construction zone
around work being performed on the I-10/Jefferson interchange, after two
serious wrecks in the area in the past month. The speed limit is 70mph
along most of I-10; at the construction zone, it drops to 60mph then 55mph.
After the signs had been posted two days, CHP officers wrote 20 speeding
tickets in one day at that location. But the tickets seemed to do little
good: a local media outlet estimated that only about half the passing
vehicles slowed to below 55mph.
Construction along the interchange is expected to last at least another
year, and the CHP says the reduced speed limit will remain in force until
work is complete.
Construction Zone Speeding Tickets
VC 22362 fines are double that of a normal speeding ticket, which means up to $980
in fines and penalty assessments. These costs do not count the higher
insurance premiums which last at least three years, to say nothing of
other indirect costs, such as missed work and missed time away from family
That’s the bad news. The good news is that there are a number of
very good defenses to these citations, including:
Worker Presence: Workers must actually be present in the right-of-way at the time the
citation was issued, and the state normally has the burden of proof on
this issue, since it is a listed element of the offense.
Signage: The signs must indicate the purpose for the reduction, like “work
zone” or “construction zone.”
Many times, a lawyer can get a VC 22362 ticket reduced to basic
speeding, which has a much lower fine, or get the case dismissed altogether on
Getting Legal Help
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giving individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets.
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