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Speed Zones

Florida has implemented speed limits to deter drivers from high speeds since it increases the risk of serious accidents. These laws are designed to protect the general public by harshly punishing traffic offenders who speed unnecessarily. Some public areas in Florida are known as “speed zones” and if a person is caught speeding there, they will face enhanced penalties.

Speeding in a speed zone will mean increased ticket costs because the state of Florida considers the zone to be a high-risk area for accidents. A few examples of speed zones include school perimeters or the area around a construction zone. If you or someone you know has recently been ticketed in a school zone, then it’s within your best interest to gain legal representation.

Traffic Lawyer for Speeding in a Speed Zone in West Palm Beach, FL

A civil citation can be expensive and mean points have been added to your license. With enough points, you could have your driver’s license suspended as a result of speeding. To contest your ticket, we suggest you contact experienced legal counsel. Such as the experienced and skilled traffic ticket attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A..  

Meltzer & Bell, P.A. will advocate for you and contest your ticket. Don’t admit guilt and add unneeded points to your license. Call our traffic defense lawyers at (561) 557-8686 to set up your first consultation free of charge. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. accepts clients throughout the greater Palm Beach County area including West Palm Beach, Wellington, Boca Raton and Jupiter.

Overview of Speed Zones in FL

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What Does Florida Constitute as a Speed Zone?

Florida legislators passed harsh speeding laws to reduce the probability of severe crashes on road and highways. Some public areas are considered to be considerably more vulnerable due to the demographic population that visits it frequently or it’s too close to a pedestrian. The penalties for speeding in a speed zone are much more enhanced. The majority of speed zones under Florida law are related to childcare facilities to reduce crashes involving minors.

In Florida, you could receive enhanced fines for speeding in a: 

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What Are the Penalties for Speeding in a Florida Speed Zone?

Law enforcement officers have the right to legally cite you if they find you speeding. If the violation occurs within a speed zone, then you will have your minimum and maximum fine limits increased. The fine amounts for a standard speeding citation are already costly. Listed below are the fine amounts a person is required to pay if they speeding not in a zone.

  • 1-5 mph -Warning
  • 6-9 mph - $25
  • 10-14 mph -$100
  • 15-19 mph -$150
  • 20-29 mph.-$175
  • 30 mph and above -$250

The citation amount for speeding in a speed zone is determine on where the violation occurred. In a school zone, you will be legally fine for $50 for simply going over the speed limit up by 5 mph. If you are found speeding over 5 mph in a school zone, then your fine will be double of the amount listed above. For example, if you are caught speeding 10 mph in a school zone you will face a ticket up to $200 rather than $100.  

If you’re cited for speeding in a construction zone, then the fine will be double the amount of a standard speeding citation. So, if you sped up to 15 mph in a construction zone then you’ll face a ticket of up to $300. It’s important to understand your fine will only be doubled for speeding in a speed zone if construction personnel or operating equipment for the project can be found present on the road.

Speeding where an electronic or manual toll will mean an enhanced fine as well. Your citation for speeding in a toll zone will result in being double the amount of a standard speeding ticket. For the toll to be considered a speed zone, there must be a traffic control device stating a warning that speeding fines will be doubled by a governmental entity or authority.

If you’re found speeding in an enhanced penalty zones, then your citation will have an extra $50 added. For example, if you are speeding 15 mph over the limit, then you will fine be fined up to $150.

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What Are Reasons Why People Speed?

It’s normally unintentional when a person is caught speeding. Often people speed subconsciously as a reaction to their environment or a variety of factors. Some reasons why a person may feel compelled to speed include, but are not limited to:

  • Shoulder width and condition
  • Pavement type and condition
  • Speed traveled for previous 5 or 10 miles
  • Personality of driver
  • Speed of other vehicles
  • Emotional condition of driver
  • Driver skill
  • Presence and/or history of enforcement
  • Length of Trip
  • Time of Day Purpose of trip
  • Drive late or on time
  • Condition of vehicle
  • Weather
  • Type of vehicle
  • Vehicle parking
  • Lane width
  • Traffic volume
  • Ambient light
  • Familiarity of driver with the road
  • Pavement wetness
  • Adjacent land use and development
  • Pavement roughness
  • Urgency of trip

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Additional Resources

Frequently Asked Questions – Visit the official website for Florida’s Department of Transportation (FDOT) to learn more information about speed zones. Access the site to learn the purpose of a speed limit, how speed limits are set and how the State Highway Department reviews a new speed limit. 

Speeding Laws in Florida – Visit the official website for the Florida Statutes to learn more about speeding violation laws and penalties in Florida. Access the site to learn the various fines for speeding, defenses for fines and other related traffic violations.

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Speeding Defense Attorney in Palm Beach County, FL

If you or someone you know has been ticketed for speeding in a speed zone, then it’s imperative you seek trusted counsel. You don’t have to admit guilt and have unneeded points on your license. You can fight back against your ticket with counsel from the citation defense attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A.. Contact us now to start building your defense as soon as possible.

Get in contact with us at (561) 557-8686 to set up your first consultation free. We will set up your first consultation and discuss all your available legal options. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. represents people throughout the greater Palm Beach County area and surrounding counties such as Martin County, Broward County and St. Lucie County.

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