The National Motorists Association has recommended using every legal avenue you can to avoid the fine and insurance rate-hikes. “Depending on the infraction and your driving record, it can cause your insurance premiums to rise by up to 30% for the next three years,” said the NMA’s John Bowman. “The fine is just the beginning.”
In other words, traffic fines are just the beginning of the financial punishment that will be enacted against you if you get clocked above the limit. One citation will often result in a total cost of greater than $1000. That represents the combined expenses of the speeding ticket itself, court fees, and a rise in your car insurance rate.
To some, $1000 may not sound like much. However, to many people in Polk County and elsewhere, that’s more than weekly take-home pay. After all, a Federal Reserve Board poll revealed that 47% of Americans would have trouble coming up with $400 to pay an unexpected bill. Put another way, some people will have to decide between paying a speeding ticket or their rent!
Speeding is often obnoxious of course, but someone might get pulled over for going 10 MPH in excess, to simply meet the flow of traffic. Reasonably speaking, it’s a good idea to stand up against traffic fines because they are broadly unaffordable.
The good news is that there are various ways you can legally fight against traffic fines. You can learn more about how that’s achieved through our speeding ticket FAQ pages on how to beat, fight, and contest a speeding ticket. You can also contact us to speak to one of our Polk County speeding ticket attorneys.
Note: Interested in the specific Florida statutes that relate to a traffic ticket? For speeding and related infractions, see the Florida Uniform Traffic Control Law (Title XXIII, Chapter 316) – specifically sections 316.183-316.1926. For parking citations, see sections 316.194-316.1967.