Police officer with radar gunThe North Carolina Department of Transportation has launched a new anti-speeding campaign, “obey the sign or pay the fine.” But, the phrasing of this campaign has caused much confusion as to how strict police officers will be when enforcing speed limit laws.

“Technically, an officer can ticket you for being just one mile per hour over the limit,” said Thomas D. Bumgardner, Charlotte traffic lawyer. “It is unlikely that they will be this strict about speeding, but only time will tell if there will be an increase in the number of speeding tickets given.”

3-Year Growth of Speeding Tickets Issued

According to the Mecklenburg County Sherriff’s Department traffic stop report records, there has been a steady increase in the number of stops for speeding violations over the past three years. The number of stops for speeding are as follows:

2013: 56 stops (this number appears to be low, but it is the official data given by MCSD)

2014: 1,030 stops

2015: 2,572 stops

From 2014 to 2015, traffic stops for speeding related violations increased by nearly 250 percent. If this trend continues, 2016 will see almost 6,500 stops for speeding.

Consequences and True Cost of a Speeding Ticket

According to the North Carolina DMV, if you’re guilty of a misdemeanor speeding violation, they have the right to add points to your driving record or even suspend your license if you are a repeat offender.

The true cost of a speeding ticket doesn’t end with the fine. According to research conducted by Nerd Wallet, a speeding ticket will cost the average driver around $1,822 over the course of three years. This includes the fine for the ticket and an increase in insurance premiums. Before a ticket, an average driver will pay $992 annually for car insurance, but after a ticket, the premium jumps to about $1,602.

Fight Your Traffic Ticket

If you have received a speeding ticket in Mecklenburg County and want to fight it, trust a Charlotte traffic ticket lawyer. Thomas D. Bumgardner has years of experience fighting North Carolina traffic tickets. Whether it’s your first offence or you’re facing license revocation, Thomas will fight to achieve the best workable outcome.

To schedule a free consultation, please call (704) 887-4981.