Getting a traffic ticket is never fun but, just like an infected wound, leave it untreated too long and things will only get worse. Failure to pay off your tickets can result in additional fines or more serious consequences such as license suspension, the addition of points to your driving record, or even arrest. That’s why it’s so important to pay attention to those tickets and to take care of them as quickly as possible after receiving one.
If you don’t pay off a traffic ticket by the due date, you run the risk of being charged a late payment fee. In many courts, these additional fees can be quite expensive. You could end up paying as much as double the original fine if you miss your deadline. That’s why it makes so much sense to pay it off as soon as possible. If you can’t afford to pay the ticket immediately, it’s important to contact the court to see what your options are.
In many states, avoiding a ticket will result in the suspension of your license. A suspension can last from a few months to over a year in time, and you’ll still have to resolve the ticket in order to get it back again. Normally, when you receive a notice that your license will be suspended, there will be a brief window of time during which you can fix the issue and, unless you don’t mind walking, you’ll want to do so.
In some instances, failing to pay overdue tickets can result in a warrant for your arrest. That’s the most extreme case, but it’s something of which you should be aware. As it turns out, the court is pretty serious about getting its money and is willing to go as far as an arrest to make sure they do.
Points on Your Driving Record
Failure to pay a ticket off can result in points being added to your driving record beyond those already earned from the citation itself as well. Additional points will likely result in additional premium costs on your insurance, annual fines paid to the state and more chance your license could be suspended in the future as well.
Now that you know what you can expect if you avoid paying off traffic tickets, you know exactly why you shouldn’t. If you don’t have the money to take care of the ticket by the due date, check with your court to see if they offer a payment plan. Another choice would be to ask the court for permission to take a defensive driving course. That way you’ll pay a reduced fine up front and usually will have in the neighborhood of 90 days to get the course paid for and completed.