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Why are California speeding tickets so expensive?

Millions of Americans have received and dealt with traffic citations, especially speeding tickets, that ended up crippling their wallets. Whether such pricey citations actually encourage drivers to reduce speeds is uncertain, but the amount of money violators must pay is a largely disputed topic. California has particularly costly speeding penalties, and while the law enforces equal penalties to speeding drivers, some experts claim that such tickets target poor residents and are spent toward unethical purposes.

New bill considered for motor vehicle citation fines

Most people in California try hard to be safe when they are driving their vehicles. Certainly avoiding an accident is important to people but so too is avoiding a traffic ticket. Some tickets can end up being very expensive, even for seemingly minor traffic offenses. For people who do not earn much money or maybe are even unemployed, a single ticket can place a huge financial burden on people. 

State's ticket amnesty program deadline past

For some people in California, a traffic violation can result in a fine so high that it is not able to be paid. The financial hardship that can result can add insult to injury for people in this situation. In addition, when a driver's license suspension is part of the equation, people can experience severe hardships due to some very minor infractions. Two years ago, the state of California's Governor signed a bill that created a one-time program granting amnesty to some of these people.

Understanding prima facie speed limits

Upon being pulled over for speeding by a law enforcement officer in Encino, the first question that you are likely to be asked is “Do you know what the speed limit is on this road?” Many of those that we here at Mr. Ticket – Law Offices of Amir Soleimanian and Associates, Inc. have represented in the past may have reasonably claimed to answer “No” that question. That is because in many areas, speed limits may not be posted. In such cases, the state relies on prima facie (generally accepted) guidelines in order to regulate traffic. Understanding what these prima facie speed limits are may help you in contesting a citation.

How can I avoid speeding tickets?

As a driver in Encino, you are most likely aware of the damage a speeding ticket can incur. While speeding is typically considered a traffic violation, driving at excessive rates of speed is a misdemeanor in California and can result in many serious consequences. In addition to always obeying posted signage relating to road speeds, you can also avoid a costly speeding ticket by keeping the following tips in mind.  

Does adding points to licenses when drivers speed actually work?

Here in California and across the U.S., the most common way we try to get drivers to obey traffic laws is to punish them with points on their driver's licenses. It's simple enough: Accumulate enough points and your license could be suspended, or even revoked. The idea is to give drivers a way to see how traffic and speeding offenses affect their driving privileges. Racking up points can make your insurance rates jump. Suspensions and revocations get repeat offenders off the road.

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