You got your first speeding ticket – now what?
So you got your first speeding ticket. We’ve all been there – well, at least most of us have. It can be a stressful experience, to say the least. However, we’re here to make it a little bit easier for you. Check out these tips from Toyota of Orlando on what to do when you get your first speeding ticket as well as how to avoid getting tickets at all.
When was the first speeding ticket ever written?
You’re not alone in getting ticketed for speeding. The first speeding ticket ever written was handed to a man named Walter Arnold on January 28, 1896. He was traveling at 8 mph when the speed limit was 2 mph (shame) and was given the first speeding ticket ever written… which resulted in him being fined 5 shillings. Seems pretty tame compared to nowadays, right?
What should you do when you get your first speeding ticket?
The first thing to remember when you get your first speeding ticket is that it’s not just going to go away – you have to face the music and deal with it. If you don’t, you can face points on your driver’s license, which can eventually lead to suspension of your license privileges in the state of Florida. Points on your license can also jack up your car insurance rates. Here’s how the points system works in Florida:
- 12 points within 12 months can lead to a 30-day suspension
- 18 points within 18 months can lead to a three-month suspension
- 24 points within 36 months can lead to a one-year suspension
A speeding ticket will automatically tack 3 points on your license. Keep in mind, however, that the points can be more if you’re speeding excessively or have any other citations given to you by the officer who pulled you over.
How do you handle a speeding ticket in Florida?
Tips for avoiding speeding tickets
- Know the rules of the road – pay attention to the speed limit and follow it.
- Stay off your phone and avoid distracted driving so you can focus on safely navigating your Orlando Toyota.
- Come to a full stop at stop signs and red lights.
- Use cruise control on highways when it’s safe enough to do so – this will help regulate your speed (and save you gas, too!).
- Use your best defensive driving skills and pay close attention to your surroundings.
Find a safe new Toyota at Toyota of Orlando
Now that you know how to avoid and handle speeding tickets, it’s time to find a safe new Toyota to help you get the peace of mind you deserve on the road. We’re open seven days a week until 10 pm at 3575 Vineland Road, just off I-4 across from the Mall at Millenia. Call us to learn more about our new cars at (407) 298-4500!