If you receive a dangerous speeding ticket in Lamont or Shafter, the fine,
penalty assessments and points are just a small part of the total cost.
Auto insurance rates are
83 percent higher after a reckless driving conviction. These numbers are based on a national
average, so the increase in California is probably even higher. That's
because insurance companies in The Golden State cannot raise rates based
on a poor credit score, so the effects of a driving record, even if it
only has one blemish, are magnified.
By comparison, Texas drivers see about a 60 percent increase for reckless.
VC 22348(b) is the super speeder law in California. A first-time violation carries
a heavy fine, and when adding costs and penalty assessments, the total
bail amount is normally over $850 for a ticket just over 100 MPH. But
at 106 MPH and 111 MPH, the fine goes up even further according to the
bail schedule. You could be looking at a $2500 bail fee for more than
110 MPH. A first offense is also two points against your license, and
the judge can suspend your license for up to 30 days.
The reckless driving statute,
VC 23103, applies to those who drive with "willful or wanton disregard for
the safety or property of others." This violation also carries a
significant fine, and your car can be impounded for up to 30 days. The
average insurance bill would probably double here in California, since
credit score is not part of the insurance billing system.
Typically, an attorney can get the charges reduced, so even if you are
convicted, you face a lower fine, a lower rate hike and fewer points.