Categories of traffic tickets

Traffic rules will vary from state to state as traffic laws are created by the state and local laws. However, the majority of traffic tickets can be broken down into the following areas:

City ordinance violation – These violations are usually enforced by photo enforcement systems. City ordinance violations will not show on your driving records, but an unpaid will be forwarded to a credit reporting agency.

Civil infraction – These tickets involve a court hearing. If you want to avoid the hearing, you can pay the fine or correspond regarding the issue by mail. Such tickets will be issued when speeding, driving past a stop sign or for other minor traffic offenses. These violations will be added to your driving history record and may include points added to your driving report.

Traffic misdemeanor – These are serious traffic violations and if found guilty, can include jail time, community service, large fines and suspension of your license. Those guilty of such crimes will have this information added to their criminal record, and this information can be viewed by insurance companies, potential employers, and others. These violations include reckless driving, excessive speeding or DUI.

Consequences of traffic tickets – The consequences of a driving ticket will depend on the type of ticket and the number of other tickets in your history.

Points on your driving record – Most states use a point system, which adds points to your license when driving violations occur. Too many points on your driving license may cause you to lose your driving license