You look up and, in your rearview mirror, see the flashing red and blue lights of a police car. Your first hope is that the police car will pass you by … that the officer has his or her sights set on someone else; but that’s not the case. This stop is for you.
If you’ve never gotten a ticket before, you may think it’s no big deal. You’ll pay the fine and move on. How expensive can it be after all? You might be surprised!
The base speeding fines are $35 for 1-15 miles per hour over the speed limit, $70 for 16-25 mph over the limit and $100 for 26 or more mph over the limit. Most wouldn’t think much about that, but missing are the additional fees and surcharges for the county and state that can add hundreds of dollars to your final total.
A 2014 Nerd Wallet survey indicated that Los Angeles tops the list for California cities where it is most expensive to get a traffic ticket. That was followed by a May 2015 Los Angeles Times editorial suggesting that many people aren’t paying the fines because of these additional fees and surcharges tacked on. That can lead to late penalties, loss of their driver’s license and even jail time.
In addition to the fines levied, a speeding ticket can result in 1-2 point being added to your driving record. Those points can also lead to increases in your auto insurance premiums that vary from company to company. Be sure to check with your insurance company and investigate the rates of other companies to make your best choice.
If you have a speeding ticket you need to pay, the Los Angeles Superior Court recently announced it has installed five outdoor kiosks for traffic ticket services. You can check the status of your ticket, pay and close your ticket, request an extension, make a traffic payment, request traffic school and reserve a court date. The multi-lingual kiosks offer citizens the opportunity to take care of most traffic transactions without going inside the courthouse at a time that’s most convenient for you. The kiosks are available 24/7.
Find them at the following locations:
- Beverly Hills Courthouse, 9355 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
- Chatsworth Courthouse, 9425 Penfield Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311
- Metropolitan Courthouse, 1945 S. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90007
- Van Nuys West Courthouse, 14400 Erwin Street Mall, Van Nuys, CA 91401
- West Covina Courthouse, 1427 West Covina Parkway, West Covina, CA 91790
Your Golden Auto Body & Paint team also has convenient hours. Stop by and see us today should you find yourself in need of collision repair. Our certified technicians are ready to answer any questions you have about the auto collision repair process.
Golden Auto Body & Paint
Collision Repair Specialists Since 1987
2222 S. Centinela Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Golden Auto Body & Paint places great importance on the high quality of our materials and workmanship. We are very confident in our repairs. That’s why our team backs all of our repair work with a written lifetime warranty.
If there’s ever something in relation to your repair that needs to be corrected, bring your vehicle back to our shop and we’ll make it right.