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25 Oct What to Do if You Get a Traffic Ticket

What to Do if You Get a Traffic Ticket

Traffic tickets can be expensive and inconvenient, especially if you don’t know how to handle them. Below are some tips on what to do if you get a traffic ticket

1) It’s Just Money

If you’ve received a traffic ticket, you may be tempted to ignore it. After all, who needs another bill? But ignoring tickets comes with serious consequences. If your fine isn’t paid in time, your license can be suspended. Other punishments range from levies on future income tax returns to increased car insurance rates.

2) Understand What Happened

If you’ve been pulled over by a police officer, you have most likely just received a traffic ticket. While tickets can be intimidating, they don’t have to mean anything more than an expense in time and money. In order to make sure that your ticket doesn’t result in any further issues down the road, it is crucial that you understand what happened and how it affects your life going forward. Here are some steps you can take in order to better understand your traffic ticket

3) Take Responsibility

First, take responsibility for your actions. No matter how good of a driver you think you are, there’s always room for improvement. Next time you get behind the wheel of your car, set out to be more aware of your surroundings and better anticipate potential hazards. Take heed any warnings from police officers on traffic-heavy streets and roads, as they have seen many drivers fail in situations just like yours.

4) Accept Consequences of Your Actions

If you’re issued a traffic ticket, one of your first reactions may be to pay it immediately. It’s human nature; we don’t like people telling us what to do and we especially don’t like being penalized for making mistakes. But not all tickets require immediate payment. When you get your ticket, read through it and decide how much time you have before paying is necessary. If there isn’t an immediate due date, take some time and weigh out your options.

5) Pay the Fine

As tempting as it may be, you should never ignore or evade your traffic ticket. Not only is it punishable by law (and possibly more fines), but it will negatively affect your record and could cause other problems down the road (getting pulled over for an insurance issue, for example). Avoid these issues altogether by paying your ticket on time. If you have any questions about how much your fine is, check with your state’s department of motor vehicles.