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4 Biggest Speeding Ticket Myths

Over 42 million speeding tickets are issued each year in the U.S. If you find yourself on the receiving end of one of these tickets, you might be interested to know the truth behind some common speeding ticket misconceptions.

Myth #1:
If you get a ticket in another state, you don't have to pay for it.

Reality:
That might have been the case in the time before the Internet existed and different municipalities didn't communicate easily outside of their jurisdiction, but times have changed. Not paying the ticket could cause your license to get suspended.

There is a program called the Driver License Compact that all states except six (Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Tennessee, and Wisconsin) participate in.

The major provisions of the DLC, which member states are committed to uphold and enforce, are


  • The "one driver license" concept, which requires the surrender of an out-of-state driver's license when an application for a new license is made;

  • The "one driver record" concept, which requires that a complete driver record be maintained in the driver's state of residence to determine driving eligibility in the home state, as well as for his nonresidence operator's privilege in other jurisdictions;

  • Reporting of all traffic convictions and license suspension/revocations of out-of-state drivers to the home state licensing agency, as well as other appropriate information; and

  • The assurance of uniform and predictable treatment of drivers by treating offenses committed in other states as though they have been committed in the home state.

Myth #2:
Mistakes on the ticket can get the ticket dismissed.

Reality:
It depends on the mistake. If the officer makes a mistake spelling your name, your address, your driver's license number or similar information, chances are you are still going to be responsible for your ticket. On the other hand, if the office fails to write down how fast you were going or doesn't include your name - you may have a case for getting it dismissed.

Myth #3:
You should fight your speeding ticket in court because if the officer doesn't show up, you'll win.

Reality:
Different jurisdictions have different requirements for the ticketing officer's attendance. Bottom line, if the officer is required to attend the hearing and isn't able to appear - the judge can always reschedule the case. If you were banking on winning by default, you could waste a lot of time sitting in a courtroom.

Myth #4:
You don't need to pay for the tickets you get in a rental car.

Reality:
If you get pulled over for speeding, the ticket is issued to you - not the vehicle, so you'll need to pay up. If you get a ticket from a red light camera the ticket will be mailed to the rental car company. Somewhere in the tiny print of your rental agreement is probably a section that says the company is allowed to share your credit card information with American Traffic Solutions for collection purposes. If you are wondering who American Traffic Solutions is, they are the company that manages over 3000 speed and red light cameras and collects fines from violators. The result is that your credit card will often get hit with the charge.

Of course, the best way to avoid the problems of speeding tickets is to slow down and enjoy the drive - perhaps in a new vehicle from Massey Hyundai.



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