Just about everyone knows that speeding violations come with penalties. Obviously, speed limit signs are posted for a reason. Did you know that you can even get a summons for going too slow?
You might be cynical. After all, traffic tickets are a great source of revenue.
Bottom line. Going too slow or too fast can cause accidents. It doesn’t matter that you are just going with the flow of traffic.
A Ticket for Going below the Speed Limit
More than likely, fewer of us are guilty of going too slow. We’ve all been behind that driver on the New Jersey Turnpike. The road is clear. Yet, some vehicle operators are afraid of highways. They decide to do 40 MPH, even though the speed limit can be as high as 65 MPH.
Whoops. Are you one of these drivers? You should know that you can be pulled over.
You may receive a summons for going below the posted speed limit.
Those who are driving below the speed limit can be accused of blocking traffic. The language of the law states that there is only one reason to go slower than the speed limit.
Obviously, you might reduce speed because of traffic or weather conditions. You are required to operate your vehicle safely.
If you can justify the reason for traveling slower than the speed limit, there may be a good defense. Otherwise, you can be charged with impeding or blocking the normal course of traffic.
Not all Speeding Violations are Created Alike
Everyone else is doing it. If you have children, you’ve heard this excuse before. It doesn’t matter if everyone else is speeding around you.
No one really knows how police select certain drivers for speeding violations. Maybe you were going faster than everyone else. Maybe it just wasn’t your day.
You got a ticket for speeding. You know you were going above the speed limit. Understand the consequences.
If you don’t see the speed limit posted, you can review the basics at NJSA 39:4-98. More than likely, you already know that the speed limit is 25 MPH in school zones when they are in session. The same applies for business areas. However, you may not realize that it is 50 MPH unless posted otherwise on a highway.
There are ten categories associated with the degree of speed as posted on our website here. You will see that it’s a much more serious offense to exceed the limit by 35 MPH than 5 MPH.
Speeding tickets often come with other charges. Reckless driving. Driving while under the influence. Racing on a highway.
All separate charges. More tickets with more penalties.
It’s generally a good idea to have an experienced traffic attorney with you in court. One that knows the law. One that can advocate on your behalf with the prosecutor.
Have you received a traffic summons of any kind? We can help you. Contact the Law Offices of Beninato & Matrafaljo to see learn the importance of experienced legal representation in court.