On some scale, major or minor, most drivers have done some speeding in their day. Whatever the reason, the police in Bristol aren’t likely to let you off the hook without a speeding ticket. Speeding is the leading cause of accidents in the United States and the Bristol Police Department is committed to keeping roads safe. Even if that means handing you a ticket.
Unfortunately, in Bristol, a simple speeding ticket can have some pretty intense consequences. In the State of Pennsylvania a speeding ticket automatically comes with two immediate consequences: 1) You’re sacked with a fine. The amount varies on what earned you the ticket. On top of that, you pay fees, surcharges and any court costs. 2) Points on your driving record. Each offense can get you anywhere from 1-5 points and 6 or more points over a period of time of 12 months can earn you a suspension of your driver’s license in Bristol. In addition, you will likely see your insurance premiums go up.
And with good reason. Bristol had two fatal car accidents in 2010 and speeding plays a role in over 75% of automobile accidents.
Luckily, you have several options when it comes to a ticket in Bristol The first option is to plead guilty, pay the ticket and incur the points on your record. There are several methods for payment including paying online or in person. Paying a speeding ticket in Bristol is an admission of guilt and is entered by the court as a guilty plea. Points will be added to your driving record.
The second option is to plead not guilty, post collateral, and request a hearing on the matter. At a hearing, you are given an opportunity to contest the ticket and give your side of the story. What seem like reasonable defenses are plentiful, but few are actually legally sound.
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Visit the Bristol Police Department’s website for more information: http://www.btpolice.com/ or visit them in person at 2501 Bath Road, Bristol, PA 19007.
Learn more about your fines and additional penalties, and how to pay or contest your ticket here at the Bucks County District Court: http://www.buckscounty.org/courts/DistrictCourts