Have you received a speeding ticket? If so, before you pay it, I would invite you to call me for a free consultation to learn how I can help. I represent clients issued speeding tickets in Lowell, Lawrence, Billerica, Andover, Tewksbury, Wilmington, Woburn, and throughout Massachusetts. Admitting responsibility to a speeding tickets can have a variety of negative consequences (especially if you have other recent traffic tickets); I can advise you of your options and whether it may be in your best interests to challenge your ticket.
The National Safety Council recently released a report that estimates 399 residents of Massachusetts lost their lives because of car crashes during 2016. Mary Maguire, who is the spokeswoman for the American Automobile Association of Southern New England said the attempt to save time might be more prevalent in crowded New England than elsewhere in the country.
“We’re such a go-go productive society, and we’re very much in a hurry in New England so the temptation is very strong to speed,” she said.
Massachusetts has several clearly defined statutes that address speeding motorists.
Massachusetts speeding fines and penalties depend largely on the severity of the speeding infraction, as well as driver history. Drivers pay a base fine for speeding and in some cases, additional charges that cover the severity of the speeding infraction and the frequency in which drivers have received traffic tickets for speeding and other motor vehicle-related incidents.
Speeding law in Massachusetts applies a base fine of $50, as well as a $50 general surcharge. The state penalizes drivers for exceeding the Massachusetts speed limits in increments of 10 miles per hour. The fine for exceeding the speed limit in 10-mile increments is $10. For example, if you receive a speeding ticket for going 70 miles per hour in a 50 mile per hour zone, you can expect to pay a fine of $120.
Massachusetts speeding laws penalize drivers for accumulating too many speeding tickets within designated periods. The state also adds specific surcharges to speeding tickets for repeat offenders who exceed state mandated limits.
Here is the list of specific surcharges for certain speeding conditions:
The failure to pass the compulsory Driver Retraining program results in the loss of a driver’s license. Massachusetts law reduces surcharges by one point every three years. You can review the Massachusetts vehicle owner point system online.
Speeding tickets typically cause an increase in vehicle insurance rates. The accumulation of several speeding tickets within a short period can make auto insurance prohibitively expensive.
I offer a free initial consultation to help you understand the implications of receiving a speeding ticket and your options. I accept cases challenging speeding tickets on a fixed fee basis, so you will know up front about your legal costs. Call me today to get started.