In Ohio, driving over the speed limit comes with the potential of traffic tickets, expensive fines and more. The fine for a speeding ticket depends on where the driver was at the time of the violation and other factors, but in some areas of the state, these fines have recently increased. For motorists in the Brecksville area, speeding will result in higher fines after approval of an ordinance for the change.
Discouraging risky behavior
The intent behind the increased fines for speeding is to discourage the potentially dangerous behavior. Driving at higher rates of speed make it more likely an accident will happen, and it increases the severity of the damage caused by the accident. The mayor of Brecksville has stated that motorcycles have been clocked traveling through the area at speed of 200 mph.
The city council was in support of higher fines after a noticeable trend in the number of drivers going at excessive speeds. Some bikers have been going so far above the speed limit that it is no longer safe for officers to pursue them. The number of tickets written for speeding 20 to 30 mph over the speed limit is at 287 in only the first seven months of the year.
After getting a ticket
A speeding ticket represents the possibility of paying expensive fines and seeing higher insurance rates. If a driver gets a ticket, it is not always the best course of action to pay the ticket. There are times when it may be appropriate for an Ohio driver to fight back and explore options for potentially mitigating the penalties associated with a ticket.