Seriously, Just Fifth Worst?
Many California drivers would be shocked to find out that there are four
worse states than CA in which to get a ticket. Of course, where each state
places depends on the criteria used to assess the rating, such as maximum
fine, jail time, suspensions, etc. but for the number of traffic citations
issued, CA is fourth and is considered the fifth worst state to get a
ticket, due largely to the add-ons assessed. Consider a basic 1-15 mph
over the limit speeding ticket with a base fine of $35, after add-ons
turns into a $235-250 fine depending on the traffic court’s location.
The total fine is nearly seven times that authorized by the legislature.
That number probably moves up closer to number one worst if you consider
the speeding over 100 mph penalties, where the judge has the discretion
of imposing a 30-day suspension and an additional $100.00 for each mph
over 100. Although, CA Vehicle Code (CVC)
22348 caps the “base” fine for speeding over 100 mph at $500 for
a first conviction, that does not include the state and county assessments,
fees, and surcharges, which can easily bring your fine up to $900 - $2600.
The good thing about a fine is that you pay it once and you’re done,
not so with your insurance premium, which will skyrocket upon your next
review for renewal. Depending on the insurance company, your premium will
likely double or triple if they decide you are worth the risk to keep
insuring. Speeding over 100 mph is assessed two points under Negligent
Operator Treatment System (NOTS) and will stay on your record for seven years.
Which State Is Worst for a Ticket?
Ever heard of Hopewell, VA? If you’re not from VA or traveled through
there, you probably have not heard of it, but they collected more than
$1.8 million in fines along a two-mile stretch of I-295 last year. LA
drivers are probably sympathetic with the drivers who were caught up in
Hopewell’s speed traps because around the intersection of Laurel
Canyon Blvd. and Canton DR in LA, law enforcement officers (LEOs) issued
750 speeding tickets last year.
However, VA is still not the worst, NJ owns that distinction. They collect
$30,000 per year for every mile of roadway. Imagine being ticketed for
“racing” which causes a fine to double, for doing just ten
mph over the posted speed limit. Many LEOs won’t even stop you for
doing less than ten mph over the speed limit.
What’s the Worst Thing about the Current Fine Structure?
A speeding ticket in CA could be a ticket to the poor house when you consider
that during the last eight years 4,200,000 drivers have had their license
suspended because of unpaid fines. Until you have appeared before a judge,
you can’t even ask to have your income considered and set up a payment
program. Guess what else? Nearly half of those who lost their license
also lost their jobs! Maybe that is why the state of CA is owed nearly
$10 billion in traffic fines. Yes, that’s billion, with a B!
Many would say, “Don’t do the crime if you can’t pay
the fine!” Well actually, that’s close to the saying, “Don't
do the crime if you can't do the time." from the Baretta TV show
starring Tony Blake in the 1970s, but the message is clear enough. Don’t
speed if you can’t afford to pay a ticket. And, if you have unpaid
traffic ticket, hire a local traffic lawyer to help you get those dismissed
or reduced and get your license and your life back!
Hire a Local Lawyer when Necessary
Call Bigger & Harman anywhere in Central Valley, including Tulare,
Fresno, Tulare, Kern, Kings, Mono, and others to get the help you need
with a ticket in Bishop, Mojave, Visalia, Santa Clarita, Bakersfield,
or other Traffic Courts. See what your neighbors in Mono County had to
say about the legal advice they received from Bigger & Harman on
Yelp, such as this one by Kam S. from Brea, CA, “They helped me reduce
my 2 point traffic ticket to 1 point as well as no 30-day license suspension.
The ticket was a speeding ticket for 100+ mph in Bishop going to Mammoth.
Thank you, Mr. Bigger for helping me out!” Call Bigger & Harman
today, 661-349-9300. Or, send an email:
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