Speeding Ticket

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A speeding ticket is the term used to describe a traffic violation in which the driver of a vehicle exceeds the lawful rate of speed. Most speeding tickets result in written citation. Often, a speeding ticket is accompanied by a monetary fine.

In many states, a speeding ticket is treated as a criminal offense. Thus, it will appear in an individual's a criminal background check. However, some states have begun classifying speeding as a civil infraction which would not be included in a person's criminal record. Whether a speeding violation is classified as civil or criminal may also depend on the severity of the offense. Several jurisdictions classify moving violations that involve speeds that exceed the posted limit by a specified amount to be felony crimes. Speeding in certain locations, such as near a school, may also be classified as more serious offenses.

Traffic violations, including speeding tickets, may also be counted as points against a person's driver's license. Once a driver exceeds the point limit, his or her license may be revoked.

SureHire explains Speeding Ticket

Each state has jurisdiction to determine the speed limits on its roads. Speed limits may be posted on signs along the roadway but are not always. Most states have so-called presumed speed limits that are in effect unless otherwise posted. These speed limits are determined based on road type and location. The speed limit may not be visibly posted but are included in state law. Most drivers are expected to learn these limits when preparing to take a driver's license exam.

In some cases, a driver can be ticketed for speeding even if driving below a posted limit. This occurs when environmental conditions require a lowered speed or another law applies. For instance, a state may require drivers to slow down below the posted limit or change lanes when passing a vehicle stopped along the side of the road.

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