Getting pulled over and being given a traffic ticket can mess up your day and your monthly budget. If you are like most people, you probably just plan to pay the ticket and then forget you ever got it.
However, it might be smarter for you to fight that citation rather than to pay it. People have different reasons for fighting traffic tickets, but there are three common explanations people give for pushing back against a citation.
They want to protect their license
Commercial drivers can lose their eligibility for certain driving infractions that occur in their own Vehicles. Even if you don’t have a commercial driver’s license, your regular driver’s license could be at risk if you accrue too many points on your license. Fighting even your first ticket can help prevent you from having so many points that the state takes away your driving privileges.
They want to keep their insurance costs low
Every citation or ticket you receive is going to affect how much risk you represent for your insurance company. More tickets on your record and more points on your license mean higher insurance costs. At some point, you might have to buy from a high-risk insurance pool, which could drastically increase how much it cost to insure your vehicle.
They believe the police officer made a mistake
Sometimes, officers have failed to calibrate their devices used to detect speed or blood alcohol levels. Mistakes and assumptions made by police officers can have real-world consequences for drivers. Fighting back against what you believe was an unfair citation will protect your license and driving record from unfair allegations.
Understanding the benefits of fighting a traffic ticket can help you make a more informed decision if an officer cites you.