We’ve all been guilty of speeding from time to time. When you’re running a bit late, you might push it a little bit and break the speed limit so you can get there on time. You probably don’t think it’s a big problem if you’re only slightly over the speed limit, but the rules are there for a reason. A lot of people think that a speeding ticket is the only cost to bear if you get caught, but that’s not the case. This is the real cost of breaking the speed limit.
The Human Cost
Before we get into the financial side, it’s important to consider the human cost of speeding. Driving over the speed limit is the second biggest cause of car accidents because it’s so much easier for you to lose control of your car. When you lose control of your car, you’re putting yourself and others at risk and in serious cases, the crash could be fatal. Is it really worth putting other drivers and pedestrians, and yourself, in that much danger just so you can avoid being a few minutes late? If you do end up causing a fatal crash because you were speeding, you have to live with that guilt for the rest of your life and you’ll probably end up going to prison for causing death by dangerous driving as well. At the time, people think that they’re just bending the rules a bit and it’s no big deal, but if something goes wrong, it could ruin your entire life.
Even if you don’t cause an accident, you could still get caught speeding and that’s going to cost you a lot of money. If you get a ticket with vehicle code 22349a vc for exceeding 65 mph on the freeway, it’s going to cost you a lot of money. As well as the state fine, there will be city and county charges added on top. The cost of the ticket varies depending on where you are when you get caught, but the average cost of a ticket in the US is around $150.
The cost of the ticket itself isn’t the only cost that you’ll have to bear. When you’re caught speeding, you’ll get points on your license as well as a fine. If you get 4 points in a year, 6 in 2 years or 8 in 3 years, you’ll get a driving ban which causes you all sorts of problems. Even if you don’t have any more points on your license and it’s your first one, your insurance is still going to shoot up quite a lot. The points stay on your license for at least 3 years so you’ll be bearing the cost of that speeding ticket for a long while after you’ve paid off the fine.
If you’re in an accident as a result of your speeding, you’re going to have to cover the cost of repairs. Your insurance might pay out for it but then your premiums are going to go up even more. When you consider the increase from having points on your license as well as making a claim, the cost of insurance can quickly spiral out of control.
If you think that getting caught speeding means that you can just pay the fine and be done with it, think again. You’ll be paying for it for years to come, so it’s really not worth it.