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Speeding Ticket Options and Fines

Statistics showed that in 2003, Florida issued over 4 million traffic citations. The bulk of these tickets were not only for speeding but included violations committed for improper lane change, careless driving, running red lights, and other common moving transgressions.

The owner of a traffic citation is required to satisfy the ticket within thirty (30) calendar days. Those drivers whose licenses are of good standing have the option of the following:

1. Choose to attend a traffic school

2. Pay the amount of civil penalty

3. Request a day in court

In the State of Florida, electing the traffic school option has several advantages. One advantage concerns your auto insurance which will not be increased and the policy will not be cancelled. After submitting to the clerk of court in the county your certificate of the state approved traffic school course, the adjudication of your ticket is withheld; which means you have no guilty record and no demerit is placed on your record.

Attending a traffic school will reduce your fine but the condition differs according to the states.

The Florida Traffic Schools are state approved and could be taken online. Based on the Florida Statute 626.9541(1) (o) 12:

*No insurance company 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.

If the option is to appear in court for a violation, the Court does either of the following:
(1) may adjudicate you guilty,
(2) assess points,
(3) impose a civil penalty not to exceed $500 ($1000 for violations involving a death,
(4) a speeding in school/construction zones,
(5) require you to attend traffic school, or
(6) all of the above.

The amount of the fine will be determined by the county where you receive the citation. Speeding in a school zone or construction zone will double your fine.

If you have received a traffic ticket, please contact an experienced speeding ticket lawyers. Protect your right to drive legally.

Source: DMV Florida

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