When you’re running late to work or picking your kids up from school, it’s easy to get distracted by the time-crunch and forget to obey the rules of the road. Suddenly, you’re pulled over by a police officer for speeding or reckless driving, and you have much more to worry about than being late.
A traffic offense like a speeding ticket might be a minor citation but can cause plenty of trouble, especially if your career depends on keeping your license. Make sure you are aware of what you can do in case you receive a ticket.
- Pay the fine. In Kentucky, a traffic ticket includes a fine that depends on the specific circumstances of your offense. You must pay this fine by the deadline noted on your ticket. If you do not, you could face license suspension.
- Contest the ticket. You have the right to contest your ticket. However, this involves appearing in court to plead your case. Remember that contesting a citation can be risky as there is no guarantee that you be able successful. If you believe you have grounds for fighting your ticket, consult with an attorney with experience in traffic offenses.
Kentucky’s point system
Kentucky follows a point system that helps track negligent drivers, particularly those who make a habit out of speeding or breaking other traffic offenses. The point system assigns a set number of points to a specific violation. These points collect on a driver’s record each time they receive a traffic ticket.
For example, not yielding on the road equals three points according to the system. Accumulating 12 points within two years results in license suspension. You may also have to attend a traffic school course to help reduce the points you have.
How an attorney can help
As mentioned, an attorney can help in the instance you choose to fight your ticket. Further, whether you drive for a living or just do not want to give up your driving privileges, an attorney can help protect your license.
No matter the reason, being aware of the rules and regulations surrounding traffic offenses can keep you safe and informed while on the road and prevent you from future citations or consequences.