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Traffic violations are among the most common offenses in the United States. What’s more, a large percentage of those who are pulled over for traffic stops (around half) are issued a ticket. While low-level traffic offenses are not likely to result in any severe penalties, other crimes, such as driving with a suspended license, are treated harshly.
Common Traffic Violations:
- Speeding: A speeding ticket in North Carolina regardless of the speed carries a court cost of $188 and fines of up to $250 depending on the circumstances. They can also lead an increase in car insurance rates for three years.
- Running a Red Light or Stop Sign: This charge carries significant license and insurance points along with the possibility of significant fines.
- Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License: Penalties include a one-year license suspension for a first-time offense, a two-year suspension for a second offense, and a permanent license revocation for any subsequent offenses.
- Reckless Driving: Another traffic violation that can result in criminal charges, common penalties for this offense include up to 60 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
- Improper Passing: Possible fines of up to $1,000 and the possibility of license suspension or revocation.