Law enforcement considers speeding a safety threat to all motorists. Driving even a few miles per hour over the posted speed limit could result in a ticket, in turn leading to expensive fines, increased insurance rates and other complications. When the driver is traveling at excessively high rates of speed when he or she is pulled over, it could exacerbate the specific penalties brought by the ticket. Recently, Ohio law enforcement pulled over a driver who was going almost 150 mph.
High rates of speed can come with a high cost
State troopers recently released the dashboard camera footage of a traffic stop in which the police stopped a driver that was traveling at dangerous rates of speed. After stopping the driver, police asked him to step out of the vehicle. The video footage shows the officer patting down the driver, then showing the radar gun that indicates he was clocked driving at 149 mph.
At the time he was stopped, he was in a 65-mph zone. Elevated rates of speed are considered reckless driving, and vehicles traveling that fast are more likely to cause serious accidents. When driving this fast, there are likely elevated penalties, such as higher fines. In this case, the driver received only a speeding citation.
Taking it seriously
A speeding ticket may not seem like a grave issue, but it is important not to underestimate the potential impact it can have. In addition to high fines, it can increase insurance costs, result in points on a license and more. There are times when it is beneficial for an Ohio driver to contest a ticket in order to mitigate its potential impact.