The primary purpose of traffic laws is to keep vehicular traffic moving smoothly and safely on the road. If you are suspected of violating one of these laws, you can be hit with some pretty hefty traffic violation tickets. The more severe the traffic violation, the more severe your consequences will be. These consequences may include fines, mandatory driver improvement school, or points on your license. The number of points you receive on your license for a traffic violation depends on the severity of the violation. More severe violations earn you more points on your license. If you receive a certain number of points on your license within a specified time period, your driver’s license may be suspended. Points also remain on your driving record for 10 years. The following table outlines common traffic tickets as well as their point value.
Driving Violations and Points
|15 mph or less over the speed limit||3 points|
|More than 15 mph over the speed limit||4 points|
|Speeding resulting in an crash||6 points|
|Moving violation (includes driving during restricted hours and parking on a highway outside the limits of a municipality)||3 points|
|Moving violation resulting in a crash||4 points|
|Failing to stop at a traffic signal (effective October 1, 2005)||4 points|
|Passing a stopped school bus||4 points|
|Reckless driving||4 points|
|Leaving the scene of a crash resulting in property damage of more than $50||6 points|
|Improper lane change||3 points|
|Violation of a traffic control sign/device||4 points|
|Open container as an operator||3 points|
|Child restraint violation||3 points|
When you receive a ticket, you have several options. Your first option is to pay the ticket, which is considered a “guilty” plea. This guilty plea results in points being added to your license. But you don’t have to take the consequences lying down. Your second option is to request a hearing to challenge the ticket in court. You may also submit a request to the Court to withhold an adjudication of guilt. If you have received a traffic ticket and want to take your case to court, the experienced attorneys at Canan Law can help you see it through and win the best possible results. Call the St. Augustine traffic ticket attorneys at Canan Law today to discuss which option will provide you with the best possible outcome.