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If you've recently been stopped for speeding, you may be wondering: Why are speeding tickets so expensive?
Getting a speeding ticket has never been anyone's idea of a good time. But the dramatic rise in the fines associated with speeding violations has made getting a ticket even more of a pain, both in the neck and in the wallet. In some states like California, fines for speeding violations are now as much as eight times more expensive than they were in 1993, reports Los Angeles' KCAL-TV.
So what makes a speeding ticket so expensive?
Speeding Ticket Fees Vary by State
Although the fines for speeding violations have increased across the country, the amount of the increase and the reasons for it vary from state to state. For example:
Should You Fight Your Ticket?
For many drivers, the increased fines may make it worth the time and effort to contest the ticket in court.
If you do decide to contest your speeding ticket, the easiest way to win your case is if the officer doesn't show up. But even if the officer does appear, you can still prevail. For example, speeding tickets are often based on radar gun readings, and these readings can potentially be challenged in court if the radar gun has not been properly calibrated on if the officer has not been properly trained. And there may be other ways to challenge your speeding ticket as well.