Florida Speeding Tickets
Although one of the most common traffic violations are speeding tickets in Florida, they are not all equal in the consequences. The chart below shows some of the point penalties associated with various Florida speeding tickets.
|Speeding (Point Penalties)|
|10 mph slower than the speed limit||3 points|
|1-5 mph over the speed limit||Warning|
|15 mph or less over the speed limit||3 points|
|More than 15 mph over the speed limit||4 points|
|Speeding resulting in an crash||6 points|
|Speeding 30+ mph over the speed limit||3 points + Mandatory court hearing|
The Unusual Ticket: Driving Too Slowly
Although it may sound odd, and there aren’t a lot of people that do this, there is a penalty for driving too slowly! It applies to drivers on roadways where there are 2 or more lanes traveling in the same direction where the driver fails to move over for faster vehicles that are approaching. While it sounds unusual to be ticketed for driving too slowly, this law exists to help reduce traffic congestion as well as prevent negative road attitudes such as road rage, tailgating, rear-end collisions and weaving between lanes which can occur as a result of drivers being stuck behind slow drivers.
Florida Speeding Ticket – 30+ mph
Most speeding tickets can be handled easily since they fall under the rules of a civil traffic violation. However, if you are cited for speeding 30+ mph over the limit, things are much more complicated.
Mandatory Court Appearance
In this case, you don’t have the option to simply pay the fine, or elect traffic school. Instead, you are required to attend the hearing or hire a traffic ticket lawyer to attend it for you. If you fail to appear, your license will be suspended.
A “normal” speeding ticket is already expensive enough and can range from $200 to $500. If you’re found guilty of driving 30+ mph over the limit, you may be fined up to $1,000!
At the Mercy of a Judge
Judges are fair, but sometimes, it’s hard to know exactly how the situation will work in a courtroom. Some judges may decide that in addition to paying a fine your license should be suspended, or require you to complete a traffic course.
Florida speeding tickets are not always as they appear, but if you were cited with a regular civil traffic violation such as speeding (less than 30 mph over the limit), you can elect traffic school to keep the points off of your driving record. Our Basic Driver Improvement Course qualifies for this.