Pennsylvania Speeding Tickets

A speeding ticket in Pennsylvania can come with a surprising number of steep penalties. Not only do you have to pay an expensive fine if you plead guilt to your ticket, but you will also have points added to your driver’s license record, which can result in even more penalties as those points accumulate. This is why we encourage our clients to plead not guilty to their traffic ticket and to speak to one of our attorneys right away after receiving a traffic ticket.

Police officers often issue speeding tickets as a means of generating revenue for the local city or town. The fines that accompany speeding tickets are often very high as a result. Under Pennsylvania traffic law, you could be paying a fine of between $45 and $100 for a single speeding ticket, depending on how fast you were going when you received your ticket.

The other major penalty that you will face if you plead guilty to your traffic ticket is having points added to your driving record. Under Pennsylvania law, the number of points will vary based on how fast you were going. Below is a list of the point values assigned to the different levels of speeding tickets:

  • Speeding by 6 to 10 miles per hour over the limit — 2 points
  • Speeding by 11 to 15 miles per hour over the limit — 3 points
  • Speeding by 16 to 25 miles per hour over the limit — 4 points
  • Speeding by 26 to 30 miles per hour over the limit — 5 points
  • Speeding by 31 miles per hour or more over the limit — 5 points, plus an automatic 15 day suspension of your license

Drivers should note that in addition to these point values, if these violations occur in a work zone, you could also face an additional license suspension of 15 days.

As these points add up on your record, you will be facing other penalties, such as a required safe driving test or having your license suspended even longer. It is important to know how many points you have received for each ticket and what the consequences of those points are.

Remember that a speeding ticket can result in expensive fines, points on your license, a possible license suspension and the inability to freely drive yourself where you need to go, and even having your insurance premiums increased by your insurance company.
The best way to avoid having these points added to your license in addition to the numerous other penalties is to plead not guilty to your ticket and to talk to you an experienced Pennsylvania speeding ticket lawyer. We will help uncover evidence that may show that the ticket was not issued properly, such as errors in the speed calculations done by the police who wrote your ticket. We will help you prepare for your traffic court hearing and will fight to have your penalties reduced or dismissed. Give our offices a call today to speak to one of our lawyers.

So How many points am I facing for a speeding ticket?

Exceeding maximum speed Miles over Speed Limit:Amount of Points:
0 to 50
6 to 102
11 to 153
16 to 254
26 to 305
31 and overDepartmental Hearing and Sanctions provided under Section 1538(d) and 5

 

(Please note that if violations occur in an active work zone, an additional 15 days of suspension is possible)

Another frequent question for my clients is how will a speeding ticket affect my insurance rates? Quite frankly, we are not in position to give you the economic increase that you may face, only, we would strongly suggest that you contact your insurance agent. However, based on our experience, it is quite clear that this counts as a moving violation on many insurance ratings of your policy and is such, will result in a substantial increase.

If you have any other questions regarding your Pennsylvania speeding ticket, please contact our office at for a free consultation.

 

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