In light of the start of the construction season and closing of Southbound I-275, here is some important information about Work Zones! These zones are a reduced 60 MPH as compared to the 70 *Cough* *80* Michiganders are accustomed to.
In 1997, state lawmakers doubled the fines for speeding in work zones. This means 5-10 MPH over the speed limit can cost you upwards of $400! Acknowledging that it is construction season, try leaving earlier to prevent you from feeling pressured for time and risk speeding.
Public Act 149 of 2002 increased the number of points assessed for speeding in a work zone:
- 3 points for speeding 10 mph or less over the posted limit
- 4 points for speeding more than 10 mph but not more than 15 mph over the limit
- 5 points for speeding more than 15 mph over the limit
Motorists who have accumulated 12 or more points in a two-year period will be required to undergo a driver assessment reexamination with the Secretary of State’s Office. Depending on the outcome of the reexamination, the driver’s license may be restricted, suspended or revoked.
Public Act 103, known as “Andy’s Law,” went into effect Oct. 1, 2001. The law creates penalties of up to one year in prison for injuring and up to 15 years in prison for killing a highway construction or maintenance worker. It also imposes a maximum penalty of $7,500. The law is named for Andrew Lefko, a 19-year-old who was left paralyzed after being hit while working on I-275 in Metro Detroit.
Drive safe, be smart, it’s not worth the ticket or injuring someone!
Be respectful of those working to improve the roads here in Metro Detroit!