Traffic laws are different in each of the 50 states but the majority of the laws are similar from coast to coast. One of the laws that is identical from state to state states that all drivers must have their vehicle under control at all times no matter what the situation. This law applies to any situation; a construction zone, heavy traffic, low traffic, a school zone, an accident site or inclement weather conditions. In these situations, police officers have the discretion to determine if you were driving at an unsafe speed for the conditions presented to you. These tickets can be issued whether or not the driver was technically speeding. Speeding is driving faster than the posted speed limit. A driver does not have to going faster than the posted speed limit to receive a ticket for unsafe speed for the conditions.
Fines and Penalties
The fines for unsafe speeding tickets range from state to state but the driver should expect to pay anywhere from $75-$250 depending on the condition of the road when the violation occurred and the speed at which the driver was operating the vehicle. For example, if there is snow falling, the driver should be driving at least 10 MPH under the posted speed limit. If they cause an accident and are driving at the speed limit they should expect a ticket for unsafe speed for the condition. The driver should also expect to receive points on their license, which will hurt their insurance rates.
Traffic Points and Impact on Driving Record / License
Since this violation is a moving violation, the driver will be assessed two points on his or her driver’s license. These points will remain active on the license for three years but will not be removed from the license until the fourth year. Once points are added to a license this information is made available to the driver’s insurance company. The insurance company can then decide whether to raise the insurance rates for the driver. Insurance rates might increase because the driver is deemed a dangerous driver or is considered a liability to insure.
Hiring a Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been issued traffic ticket for unsafe speed (too fast for conditions), contact an experienced traffic tickets attorney immediately for expert legal counsel regarding your case today. An attorney will investigate the situation, look at your prior driving record, and then draft the best defense to have the ticket thrown out in a court of law.