Work Zone Speed Limit. Rookie Question

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Joshua P.'s Comment
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I have been driving for USX for 2 months now. I have a question about the speed limits in inactive work zones. When driving on a 65 mph road for example and coming up on a non-active work zone ( lights not flashing on workzone lights and no workers present) with 55 mph posted speed limit signs, I seem to be the only trucker going 55 mph while everyone else blows by me at 65-70 mph. Is the posted work zone speed limit not in effect if the work zone is not active. Whilst I do not want to interrupt the flow of traffic I am not willing to get a ticket until I know.

The Persian Conversion's Comment
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Check the bottom of those speed limit signs. They'll often say for example: Speed limit 55 "when flashing." If the lights are off, you're good, just like school zone speed limits. If there are no lights, I do what it says.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Joshua P.'s Comment
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That's kind of what I figured. I have not noticed any writing under the signs and I am a fairly observant person. For example, quite often the first sign I see is a work zone then a speed limit of 55. No other writing indicating wether it is active or inactive. So if the work zone is not active and I go through it( equipment and barrels still set up but no workers) am I ok resuming my normal speed?

Joshua P.'s Comment
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I run Dollar tree dedicated so I often run the same routes and same construction zones. I hate disrupting the flow of traffic but at the same time im not going the speed limit of the highway through these zones until I am 100 % sure. I have removed my CB radio so I do not hear what other truckers say when they blow by me at 70 mph

Pat M.'s Comment
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Try speeding like that in MT and there just might be a trooper waiting at the other end. They do that a lot.

Joshua P.'s Comment
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@ Pat M:

So basically what you are saying Pat is that even though there is no workers present or active zone lights flashing,if you are going though the 55 mph zone at 65 you could still get a ticket? Id rather be safe than sorry.

The Persian Conversion's Comment
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@ Pat M:

Id rather be safe than sorry.

There's your answer right there. Don't let anyone else drive your truck for you. Do what you feel comfortable with regardless of what others do, because as Pat said, they're the ones who will get the ticket.

Joshua P.'s Comment
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@ Pat M:

Id rather be safe than sorry.

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There's your answer right there. Don't let anyone else drive your truck for you. Do what you feel comfortable with regardless of what others do, because as Pat said, they're the ones who will get the ticket.

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Bryn J.'s Comment
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On I65 south of Nashville there has been a construction zone for many years. One section was complete, but the posted sign was still 60mph. City and State Troops worked that area often. People thought that just because it was complete that they could run 70. The way I understand it, until the sign says different, the posted speed is the speed.

Remember recently when Arkansas changed the truck speed, the state was informing truckers to obey the posted speed, even though the law had changed, until they could get out and change the signs.

Joshua P.'s Comment
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On I65 south of Nashville there has been a construction zone for many years. One section was complete, but the posted sign was still 60mph. City and State Troops worked that area often. People thought that just because it was complete that they could run 70. The way I understand it, until the sign says different, the posted speed is the speed.

Remember recently when Arkansas changed the truck speed, the state was informing truckers to obey the posted speed, even though the law had changed, until they could get out and change the signs.

That's how I have played my cards. thanks for all the info guys. This site is really helpful

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