Traffic Tickets in FloridaPage Overview
Florida Traffic Tickets
Receiving a traffic ticket in Florida is already an unpleasant experience, but have you thought about what implications your violation has on your driving record and even your auto insurance policy?
Continue reading this page for more information on what to do when you receive a traffic ticket and how it effects your Florida driving record.
Once you receive a traffic ticket, be sure to read it thoroughly to ensure you don't incur additional fines or penalties. The ticket will include information on how to pay the fine, how much you owe, if you need to appear in court, and any important deadlines/dates.
If you do not agree that you violated a Florida traffic law, you may be able to contest the traffic ticket. Check the ticket for any instructions or contact the local court for more information.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) uses a point system, where certain point values are assigned to various moving violations and other infractions. The points accumulate on your driving record and can have negative effects (like a driver's license suspension) if you rack up too many in a short amount of time.
When you get a traffic ticket, your Florida driving record will reflect the point violation for the infraction, unless you take care of the issue by completing a driver improvement course.
Remember, even if you received your traffic ticket in another state, it will still show up in your FL driving record.
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The trick to avoid getting a ticket is fairly simple—just drive safely and legally at all times. Here are a few tips to make that simple rule even easier:
- Be a defensive driver by expecting the unexpected. Don't just assume that other drivers are going to follow all the rules of the road perfectly; be prepared to react.
- Be alert. Forget bad weather or the sun in your eyes―one of the deadliest conditions to drive in is when you're sleepy, exhausted, or physically tired. Pull over if you find yourself getting drowsy. Don't risk your life or someone else's just to keep your trip on schedule.
- Concentrate. When you're driving, just drive. Don't read the newspaper, talk on your cell phone, put on your makeup, shave, or jot down notes. It might sound silly, but many moving violations―and even accidents―have occurred because of these very things.
According to the National Automobile Dealers Association, there are a handful of too-common errors that drivers make, all of which can result in a traffic infraction or, even worse, an accident:
- Going too fast.
- Going too slow.
- Unsafe passing.
- Failing to use turn signals.
- Failing to stay in your lane.
- Not allowing a merge.
- Failing to yield.
- Ignoring red lights and stop signs.
- Blocking an intersection.
- Bad manners, such as obscene gestures or littering.
- Ignoring Florida laws, signs, and markings.
Being cited for a moving traffic violation in Florida can also cause your auto insurance rates to increase. Insurance agents are usually alerted when you receive a traffic ticket and will decide whether your premium will increase accordingly.
If you have any questions regarding how your traffic ticket will effect your insurance policy, contact your agent directly.
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