Reckless Driving in a Construction Zone or Work Zone
If an officer is having a bad day, you might be issued two tickets for speeding in a work zone. One for speeding and the other for reckless driving in a work zone.
Although most of the time you will receive only the work zone speeding ticket, if your conduct was reckless in the eyes of the officer, he can choose to ticket you for reckless driving in NY as well.
How can he get away with this? Due to the vague language in the reckless driving statute in NY, it gives the officer plenty of wiggle-room to trump up a charge.
This, unfortunately, works to your disadvantage and leads to tremendous negative consequences.
Consequences of Reckless Driving in a Work Zone
Although New York has not codified a statute directly prohibiting reckless driving in a work zone, the fallout of this is probably much worse than if it did.
When you are found speeding and driving recklessly in a construction zone, as we mentioned, you will likely end up with two tickets in your hands, which means two different opportunities to receive points, fines, and an insurance hike!
Remember, fines for speeding in a work zone are doubled.
Also, if you receive a second work zone speeding ticket within 18 months of your first, your license will be suspended unless you can successfully get out of the ticket.
Aside from this, you will have to face the fall-out of the reckless driving ticket too.
When looked at together, even if you only went 1 MPH over the limit in the work zone and were also issued a reckless driving ticket, you could end up with 8 points (3 for the work zone speeding ticket and 5 for the reckless driving ticket).
Do not forget, if you receive 11 points, your New York driver’s license will be suspended.
Think about it: pleading guilty to or getting convicted of speeding 21 mph over the work zone limit while driving recklessly will cause you to have your license suspended all in one shot!
This will also cause your auto insurance to skyrocket. After all, the insurance carrier will raise your premium twice: once for the work zone speeding ticket and a second time for the reckless driving ticket.
This means the insurance carrier could raise your premium by 23% for the work zone speeding ticket and slam you again with a 42% hike for the reckless driving ticket (based on the InsuranceQuotes.com calculator).
Do not take chances: hire an experienced reckless driving attorney to handle your case.
Who Should You Contact?
If you recently received a reckless driving ticket, contact The Rosenblum Law Firm today at 888-883-5529. Their NY traffic ticket attorneys have what it takes to help you fight your reckless driving or careless driving charge and get you the result you are looking for.