How much can a traffic offense affect me?

When drivers are on the road, it is important to drive safely by following traffic laws. When individuals are caught driving dangerously, they may be issued a traffic violation by a police officer. Driving recklessly and in a dangerous manner can cause accidents. To maintain a certain level of safety, officers need to monitor the road and drivers need to practice safe driving. Although traffic offenses are not considered to be a serious crimes, they can still lead to penalties, including increased fines. Individuals should not take these violations lightly since repeated offenses can cause harsher consequences.

These charges can result in fines that vary in amount. If you consistently receive charges for traffic violations, your consequences can become even harsher due to your repeated offenses. It is important to seek legal help or your car insurance may increase your premiums, which can become quite costly. If your offenses become numerous enough, they may lead to too many points on your license, which can cause it to become suspended. When individuals are charged with driving with a suspended license, they can face harsh penalties since they are not legally allowed to operate a vehicle. If your license was suspended due to a driving while intoxicated charge and you were charged with driving with a suspended license, your consequences can increase due to the seriousness of the charge. Your license may be suspended even longer.

What counts as a traffic violation?

Traffic violations can include a range of unsafe practices on the road. These violations can include speeding, driving with a suspended or revoked license, vehicular manslaughter, negligent driving, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and fraudulent use of a license. Another traffic violation can be using a cell phone while driving. These charges can lead to a variety of consequences based on the situation and the amount of charges that the individual has previously been charged with.

How does the point system work?

If individuals are faced with a speeding ticket, they may get points on their driving record due to this charge. The number of points you receive can depend on how many miles per hour over the speed limit you were going. For those driving one to 14 miles per hour over the speed limit, they may face a two-point violation. By going 15 to 30 miles per hour over the speed limit, you may be faced with a four-point violation. Those charged with speeding 30 miles per hour or more over the speed limit may face a five-point violation on their driving record.

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