Understanding Speeding Tickets

May 18, 2010 · by admin · in

Every state has laws that regulate the maximum speeds allowed on all types of roads.  Different types of roads include:

  • Freeways and highways where cars drive are relatively higher speeds to travel longer distances without stopping
  • Arterial roads, which are main streets through cities and towns with medium speed limits, multiple lanes, and traffic signals
  • Downtown city streets, which can be crowded with cars and pedestrians
  • School zones, which have very strict speed limits to protect children
  • Residential areas with lower speed limits to account for the presence of children, pets, and cars.

Speed limits are intended to protect all drivers from driving too fast and causing accidents.  Many drivers do not realize how difficult it can be to stop when traveling at any speed.  Most speed limits are clearly posted; however, drivers can still receive speeding tickets even if they claim they did not know the speed limit.  In extreme conditions such as the presence of snow, ice, heavy rain, or fog, drivers can be ticketed for speeding even if they are under the legal limit if their driving is deemed “unsafe” under the circumstances.

In some states, if drivers are ticketed at exceptionally higher speeds than the speed limit, the fines and penalties can be harsher.  A conviction for a speeding ticket will go on the driver’s record and can lead to higher insurance rates.  In states that use the points system to track violations, drivers with too many demerit points because of tickets can have their license suspended.

Many drivers choose to contest speeding tickets to avoid paying fines and having a violation on their driving record.  Drivers also do not want to be labeled as risky drivers.  Speeding tickets can be contested with the help of an attorney, who has the legal knowledge to present a successful defense in court.