North Carolina has some of the most punitive traffic laws in the country. You can keep your insurance rates low and affordable, but don't get a speeding ticket! John Kho at nerdwallet.com calculated the true cost of a North Carolina traffic citation, and it doesn’t look pretty.
The court costs and fines for your North Carolina speeding ticket range between $188 and $238 on average ($188 court costs plus $30–50 ticket), which sounds expensive, but not unbearable. However, that is only the tip of the iceberg. Say, for example, you're driving 70 mph in a 65 mph zone and you don't noticed the speed limit drop to 55 mph. You’ll receive points on your license and your auto insurance premiums will go through the roof.
As Kho says “North Carolina’s Department of Insurance maintains a separate system for violations affecting auto insurance. Drivers receive points against their insurance — the amount depends on the speed limit in the zone where the driver was caught and the speed they were driving — and premium increases that last for three years.” Simply put, a speeding ticket in North Carolina can cost more than 53 times the cost of the actual ticket with an average of $1,619.63.
While you may just want to pay your ticket and be not want to deal with it, please call a traffic attorney first. Not only can it possibly cost you an arm and a leg, there's other unseen concerns, such license suspensions to worry about. Our traffic lawyers can walk you through your legal options and what reductions may be available to keep the “true cost” of your speeding ticket as low as possible. We pride ourselves on making this as painless as possible.