The idea that you cannot be ticketed for speeding while going with the
flow of traffic is a myth—and believing it can cost you a lot of
money. Drivers who drive over the posted speed limit in efforts to keep
up with traffic or keep certain travel lanes moving faster than others
are often surprised to find out this is still a ticket-able offense that
can result in hundreds of dollars in fines, points on your license, and
even jail time, depending on the offense and the number of previous related offenses.
If driving in the so-called “fast lane,” be aware that it is
for going around other drivers, not for unchecked speeding. You can avoid
temptation to match the speed of drivers who are moving too fast by not
using the passing lane as a primary travel lane. Also be aware that, even
when passing, there is no legal provision for vehicles moving faster than
the posted speed limit. Even if you are traveling alongside vehicles moving
at the same rate or faster than you, you will still be considered by police
to be speeding and, therefore, breaking the law, making you subject to
all of the consequences of that traffic ticket. Some related consequences,
such as insurance premium hikes, can stick with you for years and cost
you far more than the initial fine.
If you are being faced with a traffic citation you feel is unfair, unnecessarily
burdensome, or the result of a misunderstanding, let the Jacksonville
traffic ticket lawyers at
Owenby Law, P.A. help. We are experienced in minimizing fines, mitigating harsh penalties,
and helping you protect your driving record.
Call us at (904) 770-3141 to get started, or set up your
complimentary consultation with us today.