Tips to Avoid a Speeding Ticket

Traffic ticket OhioHere are some tips to avoid a speeding ticket:

The first and most obvious way to avoid a speeding ticket is to not speed! Paying careful attention to posted speed limits and special areas such as schools and pedestrian crossings helps you become a more careful, safe driver.

If you have recently been pulled over and were in danger of or were actually issued a speeding ticket, remember that feeling! Remember how carefully you pulled away from the law enforcement official when the encounter concluded? Remember that sense of regret and how the entire incident could have been avoided, had you only been more mindful of your vehicle speed? Keep that in mind and proceed with caution.

Another tip may be as obvious as the first two, but can also be valuable. If you know there are favorite “speed traps” that law enforcement sets up, avoid those areas if possible. If you must travel through them, let the knowledge that police may be there act as a reminder to cautiously monitor your speed as you traverse that area.

Speeding tickets are more than just an inconvenience and expense.  Speeding tickets in Columbus, Ohio, can have a negative impact on your many aspects of your daily life by adding Bureau of Motor Vehicle (BVM) points to your driving record. Driving record points are one component that insurance companies use to determine how much they will charge to insure you.

This chart will give you an idea of the maximum penalties for speeding, and these penalties are additive, so if you’re caught speeding multiple times in a year, the fines and penalties can become very onerous.

Violation*

Maximum Penalty

Speeding $150 fine
Speeding with two prior violations $250 fine; 30 days in jail
Within one year, three or more speeding offenses $500 fine; 60 days in jail
No prior convictions within one year, but driving faster than 35 mph in a business district or greater than 50 mph in a municipal corporation, or 35 mph in a school zone $250 fine; 30 days in jail


*All fines can be doubled if the violation occurs in a construction zone. Source:  Ohio Revised Code 4511.21

In addition, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles will assess points on your driver’s license. (ORC 4510.036)

Offense

Points

Driving More than 30 MPH Over the Listed Speed Limit 4
Driving More than 10 mph Over the Speed Limit in a 55 mph Zone 2
Driving More than 5 mph Over the Speed Limit in less than 55 mph Zone 2
Driving Too Slow for Conditions 2

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