Traffic Tickets in Kansas
Traffic tickets may be expensive and stressful, but they are all about safety: yours and that of other drivers, passengers, pedestrians and others using Kansas roads.
Kansas does not use a point system of entering specific number of points against your driving record for each type of traffic infraction you have been convicted of breaking. Instead, the rules are straightforward: Be convicted of 3 major moving violations in a 12 month period and your license will be either revoked or suspended, depending on the nature of the violation.
If you have been notified that you face a license suspension or revocation, or if you receive a traffic ticket for a major infraction, you might consult with an experienced traffic ticket attorney before your court or fine deadline date.Pay Your Kansas Traffic Ticket Online
Many county courts within the State of Kansas will allow you to pay your traffic ticket instantly online. Select the court which issued your traffic ticket below and skip a trip to the traffic court.
If the Kansas issuing court is not listed above, follow the instructions on below.
The best way to avoid having to pay a costly traffic ticket fine, and to help keep yourself and others safe on the roads, is to be a safe driver. Relaxation is the main key to low-stress driving.
Banish Aggressive Driving
Aggressive driving is one of the leading causes of auto accidents on the roads today. Frustrations, anger due to the assumed driving "insults" of others on the road and a general "road rage" mentality can cause drivers to act in ways that endanger themselves and others, such as:
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Passing on the shoulder of the road
- Cutting off another vehicle
- Slamming on brakes in front of a tailgater
- Improper hand or facial gestures at other drivers
- Yelling, shouting and swearing
- Repeatedly honking the horn
- Repeatedly flashing headlights
Try to practice a little behind-the-wheel stress reduction and give your fellow drivers a break. Everyone has an off day now and then.
Stay Alert While Driving
Driving while tired is a major cause of traffic accidents. Many things can cause sleepiness behind the wheel, including a different work schedule, lack of sleep, certain prescription medications and, of course, the consumption of alcohol.
If you become too sleepy to drive safely, pull over at the next safe place and take a nap. Even a small amount of sleep can refresh you enough so you can make it to your destination safely.
Keep Your Distance
One of the best safety tools we can utilize while driving on the highways is the "two second" rule:
- Pick a fixed object on the road ahead of you, such as a shadow crossing the road, a tree, a street sign, or an overpass.
- As soon as the vehicle ahead of you passes the object, begin counting "one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two."
- Your vehicle should not reach or pass the object before you can count to "one-thousand-two."
- If it does, you are too close to the vehicle in front of you. Slow down, then find another object and start counting again.
Tailgating is the leading cause of rear-end collisions. Keeping your distance gives you room to stop in adequate time if the vehicle in front of you should stop abruptly.
Keep an Eye on the Speedometer
Today's cars run so smoothly and quietly that before you know it, you're exceeding the speed limit and you can cause a dangerous situation unless you slow down.
You also risk accidents by driving too slowly. If you need to get your bearings, pull off the highway to consult your map or ask for directions rather than drive too slowly. If you are having mechanical trouble, pull to the shoulder of the highway as far away from traffic as possible and turn on your flashers. Wait for a police officer to stop, then ask for assistance.
The Kansas Highway Patrol offers advice on what to do if you are pulled over:
- Don't panic. Use your turn signal, and pull over to the right as far as possible, so that other cars on the road may pass you and the officer with ease. Try to allow space for the officer to approach your car on the passenger side.
- Once you stop, turn off the vehicle's ignition. You may turn on the interior light if it's dark outside, but keep your hands in plain view. A police officer has no way of knowing your intentions and too many officers have been killed by innocent-looking people. Reaching into your glove box might look suspicious, so wait until you are asked for any identification or paperwork.
- Once the officer requests your driver's license, registration, and insurance verification, you might say something like, "I need to get it from my glove box," before you open the compartment and reach inside. If your papers are elsewhere in the vehicle, let the officer know that, too.
- If you have passengers, ask them to stay calm and to let you communicate with the officer. If you are a minor engaged in your driver's training, let the adult with you communicate with the officer unless he or she speaks to you directly.
- Don't yell, argue or shout at the officer. If you don't know why you've been stopped, ask politely. Shouting, angry words, swearing and arguing with the officer will not sway the officer's decision to write a ticket if you were stopped for an infraction. Instead it may lead to your arrest.
Today, everyone is on heightened awareness when they are involved in a vehicle stop. After seeing accounts of criminals posing as police officers, people are sometimes reluctant to stop or are nervous and frightened when approached by an officer. Because of an increase in the number of criminals assaulting officers during routine stops, officers are also on their toes, even if they are pulling over a grandmotherly-looking citizen.
If you are involved in a routine traffic stop, make the stop a little less stressful for yourself and for the officer.Other Topics in This Section