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Causes and effects

Cause and Effect

The popular movie "Top Gun" coined a phrase that reads "I feel the need, the need

for speed." Many drivers today would agree with that phrase. Speeding is one of the

most common ways that people break the law. When people break the law there are

unpleasant consequences. A speeding ticket is an effective form of discipline: paying

for a ticket, traffic school, and higher insurance rates.

Paying for a speeding ticket is an unpleasant experience. A ticket can be

outrageously expensive depending on how fast you were speeding. Some states

charge ten to twenty dollars per mile an hour over the speed limit. The officer assigns

you a day to appear in court, if you choose to fight the ticket rather than pay the fine.

Waiting in the courtroom to see the judge can be very close to a death sentence. The

wait is long, and the company can be frightening. Once you plead your case, you

generally end up paying the fine. This only leads to another line, and another wait. This

has to be the most unpleasant part of a speeding ticket.

In addition, paying for traffic school is also a disagreeable experience. If you waited to

see the judge, you may be on your way after paying the fine. If the judge is kind, and

offers a traffic school option, the unpleasantness continues. Usually the traffic school

is no where near to the courthouse, which causes you to search to find the it. The

great experience of paying is close at hand after locating the school. You must endure

the nine hour course after paying for the privilege of attending. This is a class most

people would have never taken if given the chance. The unpleasantness associated

with a speeding ticket is almost finished when you have completed the course.

A reoccurring reminder of a previous mistake is evident in higher insurance rates.

Most insurance companies feel that speeding tickets make someone a higher risk.

So, to offset the risk they raise the premium. Which means it is more expensive to

obtain insurance. If the insurance company decides to raise your rates by only ten

dollars it can have a lasting effect. When the ticket falls off your driving the record,

usually in three to five years, you have spent more than one thousand dollars more

than if you had not been speeding. The insurance company raises your rates with

each ticket, until they cancel the policy. This alone makes it worthwhile to obey the


A speeding ticket is an effective form of discipline, with court, with traffic school, and

with higher insurance rates. The deterrents for speeding are not all outwardly

noticeable until you has been through the process. Once you have a speeding ticket

experience, you may be more careful to obey the law.

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