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TEXAS TRAFFIC TICKET FINES DOUBLE IN WORK ZONES

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There are approximately 15,000 crashes and more than 100 people killed in Texas work zones each year.  In Texas, the fine for a moving violation doubles in work zones.  This means that if you are stopped for a traffic ticket while in a construction zone, the amount you would normally pay the court to resolve the speeding ticket will be multiplied by two.  For example, if you are pulled over by a Bexar County Sheriff and given a traffic ticket for running a stop sign and the fine is $200, then you would have to pay $400 to the Bexar County JP court.

Workers Must be Present in Work Zone

In order to qualify as a work zone or “construction zone,” there are two elements that must be met.  First, workers must be present within a work zone for the area to qualify as a work zone.  Therefore, if you are given a traffic citation with a properly marked work zone, but no there is no construction going on – no workers present – then the fine for your traffic ticket should not double.  Thus, it is important for you to note the time and date of your traffic ticket.  Construction or maintenance workers are usually not present on weekends or non-business hours.  If pulled over by law enforcement in a construction zone and you do not notice any workers present, be sure to take pictures if at all possible.  This will help lawyers at The Coquat Law Firm prove to the Bexar County court that one of the necessary elements required to double your traffic ticket fine has not been met.

Signs Must Designate Work Zone

Second, a work zone must be properly marked by having signs present indicating to motorists the area is a work zone.  If there are no signs present, the area is not legally considered a work zone.  The signs are almost always neon orange and one shows a man apparently raking or grading something with wording that reads “Give us A Break.”   

Other signs clearly state that the area is a work zone and that traffic fines double.  Again, if no signs are present marking a work zone, then the fine for your traffic ticket should not double.  And, again, you should make it a point to take pictures if you are issued a traffic ticket that indicates a work zone area and do not see any signs. This will help lawyers at The Coquat Law Firm prove to the Bexar County court that one of the necessary elements required to double your traffic ticket fine has not been met.

About the Author

Justin A. Coquat is a founding member of The Coquat Law Firm, P.C. Mr. Coquat has represented clients with Traffic Tickets, Speeding Tickets, CDL Tickets and MIPs for over seven years and has resolved an excess of 2,500 citations. He is a San Antonio native who went to The University of the Incarnate Word and then South Texas College of Law in Houston. Mr. Coquat represents victims of traffic tickets in the San Antonio Municipal Court, Bexar County Justice of the Peace Courts, Schertz Municipal Court, Selma Municipal Court, Leon Valley, Helotes, Hollywood Park, Alamo Heights, Shavano Park and Garden Ridge. He also resolves traffic tickets in other local jurisdictions such as the Helotes Municipal Court, Marion Municipal Court, Elmendorf Municipal Court, Three Rivers Municipal Court, George West Municipal Court and Justice of the Peace Courts in Comal County, Guadalupe County, Atascosa County and Live Oak County . Mr Coquat can be reached for a free traffic ticket defense consultation at 210-745-2825.