Many of us underestimate the real impact of speeding. We do a Google search for speeding fines and see that the “base fine” for one to fifteen mph over the limit or “safe driving speed” is $35; the fine for 16 to 24 mph over is $70; the fine for speeding 25 mph or more over is $100; and the maximum fine for 100+ mph is $500.
However, the base fine is typically only one-fifth of the total fine once you add the ten surcharges, penalties, and assessments, like court construction cost, night court operations, DNA ID, emergency medical service (EMS) and EMT funding.
The final cost for 1-15 mph over is around $237, depending on which county, 16-24 mph over is about $360, 25 mph or more over the limit is $490, and the fine for speeding 100+ mph is between $859 and $2,137.
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Furthermore, the fine is only about one-fourth of your total expense for a speeding conviction. The real expense for a conviction is the increased auto insurance.
An Overview of California Speeding Laws
Under CA Vehicle Code, there are three distinct types of speeding offenses:
#1—Absolute Speed Limits: These are non-negotiable limits. Although the CHP will likely not pull you over for it, you're absolutely in violation if you're doing 66 mph in a 65 mph zone.
#2—Presumed Speed Limits: These are less strict. For example, if you're caught speeding on a 50 mph road, you could potentially defend yourself by arguing that your speed was safe for the conditions.
#3—Basic Speeding Law: This general law prohibits driving at speeds that are unsafe for the current conditions, regardless of the posted limit.
CA Vehicle Code (CVC) Section 22350, Speed Laws, is the basic speed law in CA. It states:
“No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”
There are also differences in penalties regarding where you're caught speeding. For instance, speeding in school and construction zones often results in double fines compared to regular roads. But there are provisions when school is not in session, workers are not present, or the area is not posted. Always consult a traffic attorney.
Understanding the Possible Repercussions of Speeding, If Convicted
When we choose to speed, we're not just risking a one-time fine.
I convicted, the financial repercussions can add up, especially with rising fines for subsequent offenses. A speeding conviction can have a domino effect.
First, there's the direct cost of the ticket. But then, the DMV assesses and adds points to our driving records. The Negligent Operator Treatment System (NOTS) is particularly harsh on repeat offenders. When you accumulate four NOTS points in one year, six in two years, or eight within three years, you'll receive an “Order of Suspension/Probation” from the DMV.
However, the DMV isn't the only entity keeping tabs. Our insurance companies are also on the lookout. After a speeding conviction, they revoke our “20% good driver’s discount” and add an additional ten or twelve percent due to the increased risk associated with speeding. On average, this culminates in a staggering 32% raise in auto insurance premiums, which translates to roughly $730 annually.
Always Consult a Traffic Attorney
If we've been ticketed for speeding, it's crucial to remember that we're not alone. A traffic attorney can be our strongest ally. Their advocacy could lead to a dismissal.
A dismissal or no-point conviction could save us more than $2,000 over the three years the paid fine remains on our driving record. Furthermore, an attorney can subpoena evidence, like the calibration record of the speed measuring device used or the law enforcement officer's (LEO) training record.
Speeding can have extreme consequences on our driving record and our budget. It's not just about paying a fine; it's about the scar on our driving record and reputation.
Consult with Bigger & Harman for Assistance in Fresno County Courthouse
Always be aware of the speed limit or safe driving speed. When caught off guard and speeding in Fresno County, consult with a traffic attorney to ensure the best possible outcome. It’s about safeguarding our rights, our driving privileges, and our hard-earned money.
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CVC Section 22350, Speed Laws.
The Bankrate.com article, Average cost of car insurance in CA for 2023.