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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Enhanced Penalties Apply When Driving Through Construction Zones

By now, most of us who live south of Atlanta have noticed the extensive construction underway on Interstate 75.  As we noted in an earlier blog post, narrowing lanes, merging traffic and other sudden changes all contribute to a high risk of car accidents in construction zones. 

 

Nearly all states increase the penalties for speeding or committing other traffic violations while driving through a construction work zone.  And state laws usually require that construction zones are clearly marked to alert drivers of abrupt changes to traffic patterns.  According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA):

  • 33 states and the District of Columbia double the fine for speeding (or committing other traffic violations) in a work zone. 

  • 40 states and the District of Columbia indicate that signs must be posted to alert drivers of the enhanced penalties.

  • However, 24 states and the District of Columbia require workers to be present in the construction zone for the increased penalties to take effect.

 

Where does Georgia stack up amongst the states when it comes to driving safely through construction zones?

 

In Georgia, drivers caught speeding through construction zones may be subject to $100-$2,000 in fines and/or up to 12 months in jail.  In many states, the enhanced penalty is applicable only when workers are present and/or if signs are posted.  But in Georgia, that is not the case.  According to the GHSA, either “work zone personnel, or barriers, work vehicles or shoulder or pavement drop offs” need to be present for the enhanced penalties to be effective. 

 

All in all, these enhanced penalties have been put into place to encourage drivers to slow down and use more caution in construction zones.  This is important for their own safety, as well as the safety and wellbeing of other motorists, passengers and any construction workers on the site. 

 

If you have been injured by someone driving recklessly through a construction zone and need help with your claim, email attorney John Webb at jwebb@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864. 

 

Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia. We have investigated hundreds of automobile collisions and have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for injured clients and families of those killed in wrongful death accidents. Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.

 

 

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