It’s a fairly safe assumption that most traffic ticket stories from
Barstow and Apple Valley don’t have anywhere near this happy of
83-year-old Beatrice Carr, who passed away in June, met her future husband
when she was
pulled over on a California freeway. Richard Carr, who is now a senior judge in Washington
County, Utah, was the CHP officer who gave Beatrice a speeding ticket.
He paid for the citation himself, and often told friends that it was the
best ticket he ever wrote. The couple married on April Fools Day, 1960,
in Upland, California. Shortly before her death, they celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.
The late Ms. Carr was an active member of her church and an avid genealogist
who published a two-volume book about her ancestors.
Today, a speeding ticket in California, especially an enhanced
22348(b) violation, practically costs the equivalent of a year’s salary in
1960. Considering the fine, penalty assessments, and other add-ons, the
direct costs alone approach $1,000.
But that’s just the beginning. Drivers with a super speeder ticket
on their records may see their car insurance rates jump nearly as much
as if they had received a DUI, because insurance companies view them both
as being serious violations. The higher insurance rates typically stay
in place for much longer than a usual ticket (3 years), because 22348(b)
can stay on your record for ten years.
Finally, there’s direct and indirect license suspension. The judge
will take your license for up to 30 days after a first violation, and
the infraction also counts two points on your driving record.
An attorney can help you avoid some or all of these consequences, by getting
the charges reduced or perhaps even getting the ticket thrown out of court.
Getting Legal Help
The aggressive lawyers at Bigger & Harman, APC, are committed to giving
individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets. Call
today at 661-859-1177 or email
to receive the personal professional attention you deserve. En español,
llame al 661-376-0214.