Understanding Work Zone Traffic Fines in North and South Carolina
One of the more dangerous places to drive is within a work zone. With many unprotected workers moving about, motor vehicle operators must be extra careful to avoid any collisions. This problem is often exaggerated by the fact that distractions can occur on both sides: the drivers as well as the workers. Workers will often be focusing on the job they are doing and not as much on avoiding cars, while drivers may be confused by signs altering their route or worried about navigating tight spaces.
Luckily, work zone crashes are rarely fatal. In fact, in 2010 the total number of work zone crashes made up only 1.6 percent of all roadway crashes. Of those, almost 70 percent produced solely damage to property, 30 percent involved injuries and only 0.6 percent resulted in fatalities. While these numbers are encouraging, it doesn’t change the fact that work zones are dangerous places that require an extra level of caution and, thus, are generally more heavily penalized than other types of traffic citations.
When it comes to traffic laws and citations in work zones, most drivers know to be careful, but the specifics can be confusing. Drivers can be unsure about whether rules apply in different situations and what the penalties are. Here are some common questions about work zone traffic fines in South Carolina and North Carolina and their answers:
What Are the Penalties for Speeding in Work Zones?
Fines and penalties vary by state, but in South Carolina, monetary fines can be anywhere form $75-$200. Penalties can also include jail time of up to 30 days, depending on the severity of the infraction.
In North Carolina, penalties can include an additional $250 above the normal cost of the speeding ticket, plus any court costs incurred.
Do Workers Have to Be Present in Order to Receive a Ticket?
While many drivers believe speeding through work zones while workers are not present is acceptable, officers can actually issue the same penalties and fines for speeding whether a worker is visible in the work zone or not. This rule exists in both North and South Carolina.
Do Signs Need to Be Present in Order to Receive a Ticket?
Even though work zones are treated the same whether there are actual workers present or not, there must be signs indicating the area or drivers will not be responsible for additional penalties due to work zone violations. This rule is also the same in both states.
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