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Don’t Plan On Speeding In South Carolina

Posted in Legal, News, Police, Politics by Kurt Ernst | March 10th, 2011 | 11 Responses |

Not too long ago, getting a speeding ticket was the kiss of death for your car insurance. Rates were jacked up, through the roof if you had the misfortune of being a single male under the age of 30. If you had a company car, you usually got a threatening letter telling you that even one more ticket would result in you taking the bus, since you were obviously too high-risk to be trusted with company property. Things aren’t quite that bad today, since insurance companies look at a lot more things than just points on your license; in fact, today your credit rating is probably looked at with more focus than any minor offenses on your driving record. Still, points add up and no one wants to pay a dime more for car insurance than they need to. The state of South Carolina knows this, and they’ve got a plan to boost revenue at your expense.

Today, getting popped for speeding up to 10 miles per hour over the limit results in fines ranging from $15 to $25. It also gets you points on your license, but South Carolina is looking at changing how minor speeding infractions are fined. If the bill sponsored by state representative Todd Rutherford goes through, up to ten miles per hour over the speed limit won’t be a point-earning offense (officially, it will be listed as “careless driving”). Instead, it will be a $150 fine, with the proceeds being split between state and the municipality issuing tickets. While that idea sounds great on paper, it also opens the door to aggressive speed enforcement, since every town will see this as a chance at bottomless revenue. Forget the unwritten rule that says police will look the other way if you’re not intentionally hammer-down (“nine is fine, but ten you’re mine”), and be prepared for tickets like “33 in a 30” (and yes, I actually DID get one of those). In the long run, your insurance rates won’t go up, but your wallet will be just as empty.

Source: Fox News, via Left Lane News

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11 Responses

  1. SNAK3 says:

    “Today, getting popped for speeding up to 10 miles per hour over the limit results in fines ranging from $15 to $25″
    ? as far as I know the cheapest ticket I have seen from one of my friends was around $100 and it was like 5-6 over.

    Matt Farah got a ticket for 1 over, its in his last bull run video.

  2. Set says:

    Umm, in California, a speeding ticket is about $500. I wish I was kidding.

  3. BigRuss says:

    not bragging or anything but ive been pulled for doing 100 in a 55 and walked away with 0 points or a ticket… but that was Cali and I am a southern white male sooo that kinda kept me outa the court house…

    • Kurt Ernst says:

      Active military? That seems to help, especially if the cop came from the same branch of service.

      • BigRuss says:

        That i was…. and he was a former Navy Seal… if someone ever crapped their pants during a traffic stop my stepdaughter took the cake on that one…. we pull over and shes freaking out…

  4. Wow, sounds like a way for states or localities with budget deficits or in need of revenue to fill up their coffers quite quick. The cops will probably have to make quotas of X thousand dollars in tickets per day and whoever writes the most will probably be given a prize at the end of the week.

  5. michael says:

    worry about Kentucky. I was doing 12 over and it cost $166

  6. J D Stadler says:

    Yeah, I’ve gotten a “38 in a 35″ ticket too. In fact, just days after receiving a “93 in a 70″ on our way back from our honeymoon. At least I felt like I earned the 93 in a 70. The other one was just a speedtrap around a corner waiting to happen and complete crap.

    I understand the *concept* of speed limits but I’m just thinking about if people REALLY did 45mph alllllll the way home on my commute. It would easily take an additional 15-20 minutes for no reason. It amazes me…people get popped for driving in a sane manner but 5-10 over the limit, yet no one ever seems to see the people cutting off traffic, no signals, weaving in and out of lanes, running lights and stop signs, turning left from the right lane or (I am not making this up) yesterday someone went left (on a red, left turn light) in a massively busy intersection and not three seconds later, a cop pulls up to the light. Where was he when dude blatantly blew through his light and cut through the people who were going (easily) 50mph through their green lights??

  7. Brock says:

    Based on how friendly Virginia and North Carolina are for speeds over 80, not, personally I think no points and $150 is a deal. I tend to look at tickets as a road-use tax and the more fun you want to have, the more it may cost. Of course, the point is to avoid the cost and that makes me a very aware driver.