Speeding Ticket In A School Zone
Speeding tickets are issued throughout the Commonwealth for speeds in excess of the posted speed limit. The penalty schedule for speeding varies significantly depending upon the rate of speed: fines can be minimal or quite costly while license points range between 0 to an automatic suspension of license.
There are other variables which may contribute to more significant penalties beyond the standard penalty schedule. Among the most severe is speeding in a school zone. We as a society have placed added emphasis on protecting our children and many of our laws reflect this societal consciousness. As such, any offense against children or that places them in danger is punished relatively harshly by the law, including speeding in a school zone.
While you may have simply missed the sign evidencing your entering a school zone or were unaware you were approaching a school, if caught speeding you will be ticketed for this offense and suffer harsher penalties than for standard speeding infractions. The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can help mitigate these penalties by representing you in court.
Speeding in a School Zone Facts
In Philadelphia, you can be given a speeding ticket with points for speeding as little as 1 mph over the posted speed limit. This differs from standard speeding tickets which do not carry any points for tickets ranging between 1 and 5 mph over the limit.
All school zone speed limits are 15 mph, meaning that driving at even just 16 mph can result in a ticket carrying points. In fact, any speeding ticket in a school zone will automatically carry at least 3 points, contrary to standard speeding infractions which do not carry 3 or more points until speeding by 11+ mph.
Additionally, a second conviction of speeding in a school zone will result in a 60 day license suspension. For comparison, you would have to be speeding by 31+ mph under normal point scheduling to be automatically suspended and that is only for 15 days. Obviously, the law takes speeding in school zones very seriously, provided this significant discrepancy in points penalty.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
As outlined above, the penalties for speeding in a school zone are significantly upgraded over standard speeding penalties. You should retain counsel in order to avoid these increased penalties, as significant points, fines, and potential license suspension should not be taken lightly.
The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. has decades of experience handling all types of traffic matters in Philadelphia area courts. Let us help you. Call today to schedule an entirely free consultation with one of our traffic attorneys.
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