Work Zones

Nearly all states have laws that increase the penalties for speeding or committing other traffic violations while in a construction work zone.

Often, the enhanced penalty consists of doubling the applicable fine had the same traffic violation been committed outside a construction zone. It may also be a fixed dollar amount or a range. Some states vary the penalty depending on whether it is a first or subsequent offense.

In many states, the enhanced penalty is applicable only when workers are present and/or if signs are posted.

  • All states (except Wyoming) have some form of enhanced penalty for committing traffic violations in a work zone.
  • 24 states and D.C. require workers to be present in the construction zone for the increased penalties to take effect.
  • 42 states and D.C. indicate that signs must be posted to alert drivers of the enhanced penalties.

NOTE: GHSA does not compile any additional data on work zone traffic laws other than what is presented here. For more information, consult the appropriate State Highway Safety Office.

Sources: National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse and State Highway Safety Offices.

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Nearly all states have laws that increase the penalties for speeding or committing other traffic violations while in a construction work zone. Often, the enhanced penalty consists of doubling the applicable fine had the same traffic violation been committed outside a construction zone.
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