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Florida, the land of sunshine, oranges, and speed traps. If you have received a Florida speeding ticket and have questions then this page will try to answer them for you.
There were over 3.9 million traffic ticket citations issued in 2013. There is no reason to assume that this number will go down so a lot of people will have to deal with the consequences of a traffic ticket.
The first thing you need to do is to research the exact charge on your speeding ticket. There should be a statute number on the ticket along with a description of the violation. The usual statute for a Florida speeding ticket is 316.183. You can view the exact wording and find the other violations at Florida Speeding Ticket Statutes.
The next step is to determine if you should contest the ticket, pay it and plead guilty, or take Florida online traffic school.
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Most people don’t realize that if you pay your ticket it’s an automatic admission and adjudication of guilt on your driving record. In addition, points will be assessed for all moving violations toward a license suspension. Often, insurance companies use this information as a justification to raise your insurance rates.
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Drivers with a Florida license usually have the option of paying the ticket and taking online traffic school. By taking this class, you are eligible for an 18% fine reduction, no points on your driving record, no insurance increase as long as there is no accident associated with the ticket, and your safe driver status will be maintained. You can choose to attend a driver improvement course once in any 12-month period and no more than five times in your lifetime. Since most speeding tickets are civil infractions, most drivers choose the easy way out and take traffic school. Here is a link for more information:
Let's face it, you were speeding and got caught. Many people feel that they should just pay up and go on their way. The problem is that there is a lot more involved than just the fine. You have to factor in the increase in your auto insurance premiums for the next three years. In addition if you drive a company vehicle you could lose your job if you receive even two minor speeding tickets in three years. It may help you to read The True Cost of a Florida Speeding Ticket.
Insurance companies charge higer premiums for drivers that have traffic tickets on their record. The theory is that these are "high risk" drivers and therefore need to pay more. The truth is that the statistics do not bear out this theory. Drivers with a clean record are just as likely to be involved in an accident as someone with a couple of speeding tickets. The "WHY" really doesn't matter, you just need to decide if it is worth the trouble to fight your speeding ticket.
Since so many factors go into insurance rates, including your credit report, you need to talk to your insurance agent in a general way to find out if this ticket will raise your rates. Insurance companies have different policies with regard to speeding tickets.
If you are not eligible for traffic school or you ticket is for a serious violation you should consider contesting your speeding ticket. Before you go to court you need to know what your options are and the consequences. If jail time or a hefty insurance incease may result then it is in your best interest to obtain legal assistance.
If you need an attorney to handle your speeding ticket, DUI, reckless driving, or other traffic violation we can help.
Traffic Violation Point System
Leaving the scene of an accident resulting in property damage of more than $50 6
Unlawful speed resulting in an accident 6
Reckless driving 4
Any moving violation resulting in an accident 4
Passing a stopped school bus 4
Driving During Restricted Hours 3
Unlawful speed - 16 MPH or more over lawful or posted speed 4
Unlawful speed - 15 MPH or less over lawful or posted speed 3
(Fines are doubled when infractions occur within a school zone or construction zone, with possible civil penalties up to $1,000 and can be required to complete driving school course.)
All other moving violations (including parking on highway outside the limits of municipalities) 3
Improper equipment or vehicle in an unsafe condition 2
(Operator corrects defects within 10 days from the date the traffic citation was issued) 0
Violation of curfew 3
Open Container as an operator 3
Child Restraint Violation 3
*The driver receives the same number of points listed if the conviction occurs out-of-state or in a federal court.
Length of Suspension 12 points within a 12-month period 30 days
18 points within an 18-month period, including points which cause suspension under line 1 above 3 months
24 points within a 36-month period, including points which cause suspension under line 2 above 1 year
In computing points and suspensions, the offense dates of all convictions are used. Three points will be deducted from the driver record of any person whose driving privilege has been suspended only once under the point system and has been reinstated, if such person has complied with all other requirements. NOTE: Serving a point suspension does not prohibit these convictions from being used to accumulate additional suspensions or revocations
For moving violations involving unlawful speed, the speeding ticket fines are as follows:
Florida Statute 626.9541(1)(o) 12 States: "No insurer shall impose or request an additional premium, cancel a policy, or issue a non renewal notice on any insurance policy or contract because of any traffic infraction when adjudication of guilt is withheld and no points have been accessed pursuant to s.318.14(9) and (10). However, this subparagraph does not apply to traffic infractions involving accidents in which the insurer has incurred a loss due to the fault of the insured."
Pay the Civil Penalty
If you pay the full fine points will be applied against your drivers license when applicable and your auto insurance rates may go up or your policy may be cancelled.
Florida Traffic Fines
Fines vary by County. Here is the schedule for Alachua County which is typical statewide.
Request a Court Appearance
If you elect the option to request a court appearance for the violation(s) and it is determined that an infraction has been committed, the Court may adjudicate you guilty, assess points, impose a civil penalty not to exceed $500 ($1000 for violations involving a death or speeding in school/construction zones) or require you to attend traffic school, or all of the above. Additionally, your insurance rates may go up or your policy may be canceled.
The amount of the fine may vary from county to county in the state of Florida. Contact the Clerk of the Court in the county you received the citation and they will tell you the exact amount of the fine and costs.
The state requires that all new drivers take a first time driver traffic law and substance abuse course. If you want your learner's drivers license regardless of age, you must take this drivers education course.
Our first time Florida driver traffic law and substance abuse course can be taken from any computer with Internet access allowing you to work at your own pace. You can register for the course online through our secure server processing forms.
Every person under 18 years old MUST hold a Learner’s License for one year – there are NO exceptions to this law.
No person may drive alone with a Learner’s License – regardless of age.
There are a number of infractions that can cause you to lose or restrict your driving privileges. The following are of particular interest to Florida teen drivers.
If you receive a traffic conviction while you have a Learner’s License, the one year period you are required to hold your Learner’s License will be extended for one year from the date of the conviction or until you are 18 years old, whichever happens first.
If you receive 6 points on your driving record within a 12 month period, your driving privileges are automatically restricted to business purposes only for 12 months or until you are 18, whichever happens first.
If you receive additional points during this restricted period, the restriction is extended 90 days for each additional point.
If you have a blood alcohol level of .02% or more (applies to those under age 21), an administrative suspension of six months will result.
If you are truant in your school attendance, your driving privilege is suspended until you provide proof you have attended school for 30 consecutive days.
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