Worst Thing to Do When You Get a Traffic Ticket

If you drive often, it’s likely you’ll eventually see blue flashing lights in your rearview mirror. It happens to most drivers, and if you haven’t been pulled over much, consider yourself lucky. Think about it: do you fully stop at every stop sign when no one’s around, or do you just slow down, check quickly, and keep going? Many of us do the latter.

Ignoring a traffic ticket is a common reaction, but it’s not the right one. Maybe you tossed the ticket in your glovebox, hoping it would just disappear, or you clipped it to your sun visor and forgot about it. If the ticket was expensive, you might have been too worried about the cost to deal with it right away. But ignoring the ticket won’t make the problem go away—it only makes things worse.

So, what should you do if you get a traffic ticket in Florida? I’ve written more detailed blogs on this topic, but here’s the short version:

  1. Paying the Fine: This might seem like the simplest option, but it’s actually the worst. Paying your fine can lead to points on your license and possibly higher insurance rates.
  2. Traffic School: This option involves paying the ticket and the cost of traffic school, plus committing four hours to complete the course. You might think it’s an easy way out, but those four hours can feel very long. Remember, you can’t take the four-hour class if you’ve taken it within the past 12 months, and you’re limited to five times in your lifetime.
  3. Fighting Your Ticket: You don’t need to be a lawyer to challenge your traffic ticket. Armed with the right information, you can effectively fight your ticket. Choosing to fight puts the payment on hold—you don’t pay unless you lose your case. If your ticket is dismissed, you won’t have to pay at all.

Deciding how to handle a traffic ticket is important. Make sure you understand your options before making a choice.

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