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How traffic tickets impact poor drivers

A study from Princeton University in New Jersey has found that traffic tickets tend to inflict more harm on lower income motorists. This was the main takeaway after analyzing the credit reports of 3.7 million drivers in Florida who were ticketed between 2011 and 2015. The average cost of a traffic ticket was $175 in addition to an extra $120 per year on average in higher insurance premiums.

Drivers who made the least money saw a 5 percent reduction in their income after being assessed a traffic citation. This led to an inability to borrow as well as other negative consequences such as accounts going to collections. Ultimately, the study concluded that communities may have more to lose by issuing traffic citations than they had to gain financially. Therefore, it may be worth looking into whether handing them out for offenses such as speeding necessarily makes sense in all areas.

While a traffic ticket may come with relatively minor penalties compared to other violations of the law, it can still have a negative impact on a person's life. A fine may be difficult to pay off, and a person may have trouble paying extra for car insurance. In some cases, a traffic ticket could result in points on a person's license that may result in a temporary suspension or revocation.

Therefore, Hackensack motorists who are facing a traffic citation may want to have a traffic defense attorney help with the case. An attorney may assert that an individual was the victim of a faulty radar gun or an incorrect interpretation of a no parking or standing sign. This may be enough to get a traffic citation dismissed.

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