For most people getting a traffic ticket, once in a while, isn’t a big deal. Speeding, not completely stopping at a stop sign, or turning on red when you aren’t supposed to are fairly minor offenses, by themselves. It is when a person accumulates two or more citations that there could be a problem. Traffic ticket consequences could include but are not limited to having your license suspended, losing your license, big fines and possibly losing your job. Keep reading to find out more.
Traffic Ticket Consequences
Most traffic tickets are going to come with some sort of financial consequence. The more tickets you get the bigger the fine will be. At some point you won’t be able to just pay the fine, you will also have to appear in court. At that time the judge could invoke other consequences like suspending your license or in some cases putting you in jail.
If you accumulate a certain number of points on your license a judge could decide to suspend your license for a period of time. That number is decided on the state level, so be sure you know what the laws are in your state.
Should you continue to receive traffic tickets after your suspension is over the judge may revoke your license altogether. You can also lose your license if you commit a major violation. Once a person loses their license it is almost impossible to get it back. This is not a situation you want to be in, ever.
Depending on the type of job you have losing your license could have bigger consequences, like losing your job. If your job requires you to drive, for example, a truck driver or a sales rep and you can no longer drive you cannot do your job. If you cannot do your job you will lose it.
Insurance companies base your rates, mostly, on your driving record. When your driving record is clear your insurance rates tend to be lower. If you accumulate points on your driving record your rates will likely increase. Continue to get traffic tickets and your insurance company may drop you as a client. If you get dropped by an insurance company you may have a hard time finding another insurance company and even if you find one your rates may be extremely high.
Some people forget that driving is a privilege, not a right. Traffic ticket consequences can ultimately result in losing your driving privileges temporarily or permanently. Other traffic ticket consequences could include high fines, increased insurance rates, or possibly the loss of your job. It is not a major issue if you get a minor traffic ticket occasionally. It can, however, become a big issue if you several tickets in a short amount of time.
Following the “rules of the road” is the best way to avoid accumulating too many points on your driver’s license. By following the rules you will not only avoid getting too many points, but you also have a better chance of staying safe while on the road.