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How parking tickets can affect a driver’s license

Many drivers in the United States consider that being able to drive is a right, but legally most states consider that it is in fact a privilege. This distinction means that people are able to drive as long as they stay within the law, and the ability to drive is restricted or removed completely if those laws are broken.

Although parking tickets remain a relatively minor penalty, they are a reminder that drivers must remain within the law when it comes to where they park their car as much as anything else that relates to driving a car around the streets of a city or along the highways

From the very first point at which a would-be driver contemplates getting behind the wheel, there are rules and regulations which vary in complexity and number from state to state, but in general can be considered to be in place to protect everybody’s safety as well as the safety of property, in addition to allowing the smooth movement of traffic

For a start, you need to be above a certain age to drive, and then a driving test or tests must be taken, one’s eyesight must be above a certain minimum standard and the vehicle being driven must be legally registered and in a roadworthy condition.

Drivers must obey the law when on the move 

When on the move, drivers must obey the traffic rules, slow down or stop when approaching a pedestrian crossing, a stop sign, intersection, or traffic lights when they are red. Speed limits must be adhered to. Alcohol must be consumed, if at all, in quantities which do not mean that a person’s blood alcohol concentration is not above a certain level (nil in the case of minors) and in general, drivers must not drive in what could be regarded as a reckless or careless manner.

When a traffic rule is infringed, there can be a variety of penalties. Licenses can be suspended or restricted, fines can be imposed, prison sentences handed out and errant drivers forced to go to driver’s schoo

Parking tickets should not mean points added to a license

However, not all traffic infringements are considered serious enough to warrant receiving a criminal conviction. Many parking violations are just civil offenses and will incur a fine, at worst. Some people mistakenly believe that a parking ticket, for instance, can lead to getting points on one’s license, or it being suspended. This is not true, despite the many confused statements that can be encountered on the internet.

Was your parking ticket fine ever paid on time?

Because a parking ticket is a civil offense, it will normally mean a fine has to be paid to the municipal authority that owns the parking place. The problem arises when a fine is not paid. This can happen for a number of reasons, which include:

  • the ticket was never seen by the driver, perhaps because it blew away or disintegrated in rain or was removed accidentally or on purpose by somebody else
  • the fine was paid too late
  • the driver considered the parking ticket was unwarranted.

If a fine isn’t paid, then it is possible that further penalties might arise. Because it is classified as a “non moving violation”, in other words, the traffic officer who gave the ticket would not know who the driver was, the fine has to be paid by the registered owner. If the owner and the driver at the time are the same, it is possible that an unpaid fine might eventually mean points added to the license or even, if unresolved, a license suspension. However, the matter is a civil affair, not a criminal offense.






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