One east coast law enforcement precinct recently observed a self-imposed
30-day moratorium on speeding tickets.
Police in the 78
th Precinct issued
no speeding tickets during September 2013, although they did issue 604 citations for other moving violations, such
as running a stop sign or making an illegal turn. In contrast, the neighboring 77
th precinct issued 77 speeding tickets during the same period.
The shift of enforcement priorities is still being reviewed for effectiveness
and possible rollout in other areas of the city.
th Precinct's bold experiment was not without a scientific basis. There
is evidence that
speeding tickets have, at most, a negligible effect on driving habits. There are other violations which are probably more hazardous, such as
driving too slow in the left lane, making an illegal lane change or attempting
an illegal U-turn. Especially in California, speeding tickets may be more
of a revenue-producing tool because such cases are easier for prosecutors
to prove in court and generally easier to enforce on the street.
But, regardless of their effect, speeding tickets are here to stay. And,
especially if you have a commercial drivers' license or were alleged
to be speeding at greater than 100 mph, the consequences can be severe:
In simple terms, it is too expensive and too risky to not hire an experienced
traffic ticket attorney in Kern County to deal with your speeding ticket.
An attorney can negotiate a lower punishment or fight your ticket in court.