What Happens When I Get a Ticket?
August 20 2020
No one likes that sinking feeling when you see flashing lights in your rearview mirror. You pull over and try to wait patiently as the police officer runs your information and writes you a ticket. There are so many negative consequences to being pulled over, but drivers often forget about the far-reaching effects of a potential moving violation.
Consequences of a Ticket
- Late. Getting pulled over stops you on your journey and usually upsets the flow of your day. We can’t do much about the initial consequence of making you late and ruining your day, but it is important to note this unpleasant effect.
- Additional Infractions. Unfortunately many who are pulled over discover additional infractions related to insurance, registration, and outstanding warrants when their personal and vehicle information is run. What starts as a pricey speeding ticket can turn into an expensive surprise.
- Ticket Expense. Speeding tickets usually range in the hundreds of dollars, depending on how fast you were going, the speed limit in the area, and other factors such as construction and school zones. It’s pricey and usually must be paid within a time frame of 60 or 90 days. Sometimes tickets need to be paid in person, taking time as well as money.
- Record Points. For each violation your license will accrue “points.” If a significant number of points are collected you can have your license suspended. It’s important to monitor these points and when they’ll fall off your record.
- Insurance Spikes. Tickets, even small ones, can cause your insurance rates to rise. This is especially true if you’re in a high-risk group or already have tickets and accidents on your record.
As you can see, the cost of a ticket is far greater than the listed dollar amount. The implications can be more serious than you expected. That’s why Mr. Ticket is here to help you avoid most of these negative consequences.