Here’s the Ticket – for Going Less than Nine Over

tn speeding ticketWe’ve believed it for years – going nine over the speed limit is okay. You won’t get pulled. You won’t get a ticket. We’ve called it the ‘buffer zone’, a license to speed, a safe zone. But here’s the ticket: a campaign called, “Obey the sign or pay the fine” is warning all North Carolina drivers to go the posted limit, or else.

Are they serious? Yes. Driving down the interstate, we’re seeing a lot more cars pulled over than we normally would see. During the seven day campaign last year, the Highway Patrol ticketed 620 people in Alamance County alone, and 291 were for speeding. You’d better watch your speed.

But I don’t get points, do I? The answer is yes, no, and maybe. There are two kinds of points, DMV points and insurance points. Even if you’re only going one mile over, you will get DMV points on your license. If you weren’t ticketed in a school or work zone and you haven’t had a moving violation in the past four years, you won’t get insurance points. Otherwise, your insurance rate will increase by 45% for 3 years. And that hurts!

So do I need a lawyer? If you’ve had a ticket lately or you were speeding in a school/work zone, then absolutely, you need legal help to avoid some stiff consequences. If not, you need to weigh your options. On the one hand, your insurance won’t go up, because you have no insurance points. On the other hand, you are going to have DMV points, and those can add up pretty quickly. Since you can lose your license with only twelve points, it may be a good idea to contact a lawyer and see if you can get your ticket reduced to a non-moving violation like improper equipment.

Unsolicited Free advice. At the risk of sounding like your mom, our best advice is to use your cruise control, wear your seatbelt, and pay attention when you’re driving. If you do get stopped, be polite.

And…if you’re ticketed, give me a call. Let’s talk about your situation, and figure out the best option for you. I’ve helped many people who have received speeding tickets in Alamance County, and I can help you understand your options and choose your best strategy.

About Deborah Huynh

Deborah Huynh is an Alamance County attorney, with a proven record of effective representation for her clients. She practices criminal law and can also help you with simple divorces, separation agreements, traffic offenses, and expungements. As her client, you’ll find she’s an approachable and trustworthy ally. In the courtroom, she fiercely seeks justice. Contact Ms. Huynh, a genuine advocate who truly cares for her clients.