Traffic Tickets Are Expensive!
In today’s tough economy when budgets are tight, it is a wonder why anyone would take the chance of violating simple traffic laws and issued an expensive traffic ticket by the Police. Too many other things are more important than paying fines with our hard-earned money. I too understand the aggravation of having to spend money for traffic tickets because the Police have stopped me and issued me tickets. We all understand that tickets help educate and remind us to be safe drivers, but I can honestly say, that I would much rather have taken that money I had to spend paying fines, thrown it into the street and watch people run around happy gathering it up.
Fines will vary from state to state depending on what the ‘base fine’ is. Understand that, each ticket has a base fine then the court will add on its fees to the base fine.
For example, a cell phone ticket may have a base fine of dollars plus, 0 dollars of various court fees added to it for a total fine of, 6 dollars.
These violations can also add points on your driving record, which will also generate higher insurance costs.
The next time you are driving, make the smart choice to drive safely, obey the laws and avoid these common traffic violations, by doing so, you will save yourself some money:
1. Car insurance
Thousands of people driving on the roadway do not have car insurance, even though the laws are very strict. It is a requirement to carry in your car evidence that you have car insurance.
Failure to provide evidence of financial responsibility (insurance):5
2. School Bus
When a School Bus stops, red flashing lights will turn on or the bus will activate and display a stop sign. It is a violation not to stop and continue to pass the bus.
Passing a school bus with flashing red signals:6
3. Driver’s license
All drivers must pass a state certified driver education course and take a state driving test in order to obtain a driver’s license. Some drivers never get a driver’s license or their license is suspended or revoked. A driver’s license can be suspended or revoked for several reasons. You may have too many traffic tickets on your record or a drunken driving arrest. You may have outstanding tickets you have not paid for, or you are behind in your child support payments.
Driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license:0
Driving without a driver’s license:8
4. Red light
Red light violations are very common. Being such a fast-paced society in such a hurry all the time, many of us try to beat the yellow light only to be too late and end up running the red light. Many cities are now putting in red light cameras to catch you, which are twice as aggravating because just when you least expect it, a ticket with your name on it comes in the mail.
Failure to stop at a red signal:6
5. Child restraints
It is the law that you have a child (Under 6 years of age and 60 pounds) in a rear car seat. A child over 6 years old and over 60 pounds must be in a rear seat restraint.
Mandatory use of child passenger restraints: 6
6. Leaving children unattended
Unbelievably, it is still too common that parents leave their children who are 6 years old and younger in the car while they run into the store or place of business. With all that is happening in our society today, please do not violate this law.
Leaving Child 6 Years of Age or Younger Unattended in Motor Vehicle:0
Speeding ranks up there among the number one traffic violation committed. The fine depends on the actual speed limit on the road you are driving.
Unsafe Speed, 1 to 15 miles over the limit: 4
Unsafe Speed, 16 to 25 miles over the limit:8
Unsafe speed, over 100 mph: 0
8. Double yellow lines
Double yellow lines let drivers know they should not cross over. Places such as, car pool lanes or divided road ways are common and warn drivers it is unsafe to make turns, change lanes or driving over.
Driving Over Double Lines: 0
9. Cell phone/texting
This is fast becoming a very big problem and danger on the roadway.
Drive using a wireless phone not hands free; each subsequent offense:6
10. Stop sign
Failing to stop at a posted stop sign is also another common violation. When you approach a posted stop sign come to a complete stop, count to three and then proceed. By doing so, you have made a proper stop and will avoid a ticket.
Failure to stop at a stop sign:0
These are common traffic violations that drivers commit every day while driving. The Police are out in force issuing tickets for these and other violations 24 hours a day. Reminders are necessary from time to time that we drive safely, obey the laws and rules of the road, so we can avoid having to pay fines.
When you are a safe driver and the Cops are behind you, there is no better feeling in the world then when they change lanes, speed on past you and pull over another driver.
Let us continue to drive safely, obey the laws and be courteous on the roadway.
Article also posted on Triond.com and AssociatedContent.com by Scott Hallock
Written by Scott Hallock
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