I was traveling back from a work trip in La Crosse, WI to Chicago, IL. During the drive, there is a stretch of 90 that is currently under construction. At the start of the construction, there was no distance stated for how long it would be going on for. After about 25 miles on this stretch (55mph, I was going between 60-65 to keep up with traffic), the road shifted back to no construction. After this shift, along the first exit I passed I noticed there was a "End Road Work" sign. Taking all the above into account, I operated under the assumption that the zone was over and the speed limit was back up to 70mph. I accelerated and continued driving.
I then noticed a state trooper sitting on the inside of the highway. I figured that the only reason he would be sitting there is because I was actually still in a construction zone. By the time I decelerated, he had already clocked me going 78mph. I told him what I had seen and being out of state driving back early on a work trip, I had just made an honest mistake. He still proceeded to write a ticket for going 23mph over, a 225 dollar fine with 6 estimated points. First ticket in 12.5 years of driving.
That's a pretty significant speeding ticket, so it may be well worth your while to either contest it personally or hire local counsel to handle it for you (you wouldn't have to go to any court appearances if represented in WI). It's possible to get a reduction without a technical defense, particularly if you have a clean record and a legitimate reason for mistaking the speed limit. While an attorney will inevitably result in overall total costs even with a reduced fine on a reduced charge, that could end up saving you money in the long term on insurance and there are possible amendments that woudln't be considered as prior moving violations in your home state.
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