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What do you do if you get a traffic ticket?

On Behalf of | Apr 28, 2023 | Traffic Offenses

Having an unresolved traffic ticket on record can actually do a lot more harm than the traffic ticket itself. It can increase your insurance premium and even jeopardize your license.

Fortunately, there are steps you can easily take to resolve these issues and set your record straight again.

Go to traffic school

This is a good option if you want to minimize consequences of a violation. Virginia State Law discusses the eligibility requirements for attending traffic school, which drivers must meet before qualifying for this possibility.

Attending traffic school can potentially lower the points on your driving record, dismiss speeding tickets and reduce potential increases to an insurance premium.

Pay your fines

Most traffic tickets will come along with a fine, which people typically do not want to pay. The amount due to each fine may differ greatly depending on the crime in question, as well.

A few ticketable offenses include speeding in school zones, running red lights, failing to yield, having an expired registration and not wearing a seatbelt.

The authorities will send instructions shortly after issuing the ticket with information on how to pay it. To those who cannot pay in full, it is possible to take the case to a traffic court and negotiate a payment plan.

By satisfying any outstanding fines or debts immediately, it is possible to avoid the harsher consequences that may follow, such as license suspension.

Simply ignoring the ticket will not make it go away. This is why it is always best to handle it upfront and quickly.