I haven’t received a ticket, but I have a question. I was driving through a construction zone late at night (about 11 pm). The signs for the construction zone were still up, but there were no workers present. I was driving the normal speed limit rather than the reduced limit, and my buddy in the passenger seat told me to be careful, because you can still get a ticket for speeding in the construction zone and the fines are huge. So I was wondering: can you still get fined extra for speeding in a construction zone if there are no workers there are the time? I checked the DMV driver handbook, but they don’t explain it.
Yes, sadly you can be cited even without workers present. Cops can damn near cite for anything. Does that mean its a valid violation? Doubtful, but understand the reduced speed is not solely for workers, may also be for road conditions. Best bet, slow for the cones (whatever the slogan is).
Yes you can still be cited when the workers are not present and the fine can be doubled. However, the officer has to write on the ticket, the code section for doubling the fine. Most officers won't double the fine, especially if the workers are not present.