Accumulating traffic ticket violations can cause you to face hefty fines and possible court appearances. Depending on the traffic violation you have been convicted of, you may face one or more of the following penalties:
- Points on your driving record
- Higher car insuranceÂ rates
- MandatoryÂ traffic school or defensive driving courses
Steps you should follow to take care of your traffic citation will be featured on the ticket itself. Fines and the amount of points you may be penalized with also vary depend on the type of traffic ticket you receive.
How to Pay a Traffic Ticket
Traffic tickets can be issued for various violations such as speeding, running a red light or parking in a prohibited area. Each traffic ticket will require you to pay a set fee, which is based on the severity of the violation. Usually, you can find instructions on how to pay your traffic ticket on the physical copy of the citation you received. Each state varies in acceptable payment methods but most states usually allow you to pay using one of the following methods:
- In person at a court appearance
- By mail
Paying your traffic ticket on time will allow you to avoid paying late fees. Refer back to your citation to inquire about the deadline of your traffic ticket payment.
How to Get a Traffic Ticket Dismissed
Depending on the traffic violation you have committed and the amount of violations accumulated on your driving record, you may be able to enroll in traffic school and take a defensive driving course in order to get a traffic ticket dismissed. DMV.com offers state-approved driving courses that may help you get a traffic ticket dismissed and remove points from your driver's record.
Drivers also have the option to attend court in order to plead not guilty on an offense they have committed. Court information for your violation will be stated on the traffic ticket.