Almost every driver has seen the red and blue lights of authority shining behind them as they drive. And we almost always know what we have done wrong to get those lights behind us. As we wait for the approach of the officer, we know we face the dreaded traffic tickets.
Most people understand what will happen next. The officer will approach the driver side door and ask for some information. This should not be a difficult conversation and the answers should be very easy. The officer will ask for a license, registration and proof of current insurance.
Since anyone is required to have these things to drive a motor vehicle, this should be a piece of cake. There are however, times when one or more of these pieces of information are not available at that time. Missing these pieces of information can lead to heavy fines, and even possible arrest. It is very important, therefore to have these necessary items.
It is also very important to be polite to the officer during this stop. Even if a person believes they have done nothing wrong, it is not a good idea to forcefully argue with the officer. If the officer believes the driver deserves a ticket or arrest, an argument will not stop them. Any ticket can be fought, but this is neither the time nor the place.
That does not mean that a driver cannot politely question the mishap, or even ask for a warning only. An officer is not required to listen to any arguments, or give a warning rather than a ticket. But it cannot hurt to politely ask.
After receiving a ticket, the driver should take careful note of any deadlines for payment and payment amounts. It is very important to pay tickets on time. If the ticket is not paid on time, additional fees will be added on. If a ticket is not paid or taken care of and the offender continues to ignore it, it could lead to the suspension of their license.
The may be alternatives to paying the ticket and getting points, or marks on a license. The best thing to do is find out if traffic school is available. This is an educational program designed to make sure the ticketed driver understands and will follow the rules of the road.
Traffic school is not available for everyone, and each state has limits on how often a driver may attend. There may be information about this program on the ticket, and a person can contact their motor vehicle department to ascertain if traffic school is an option for them.
If they are eligible, they can pay the fees and attend this education program. Some states offer programs that can be taken online. There are usually time constraints and some states require the test be taken at a notary. This can be a great time saver for those who cannot take time off work for traffic school, and are trying to avoid insurance increases.
A traffic ticket can be avoided by always obeying the law. If however, you are given a ticket, be polite and make sure it is taken care of as soon as possible. If anything a ticket can serve as warning to change behavior and drive more safely in the future.
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