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Pennsylvania traffic violation fines

If you have been charged with a traffic violation in Pennsylvania, then you might be confused as to what the consequences are for you.

A person that violates a traffic regulation in the state of Pennsylvania, by running a stop sign or speeding, for example, will likely have to pay a fine but may also face other consequences.

Possible consequences of a traffic violation

Depending on the seriousness of your violation, the Pennsylvania Department of Transport may also add points onto your driving record. This can further influence things such as creating an increase in the car insurance that you pay, since you will be considered as a driver with a higher likelihood of driving dangerously. Fines may also increase if you have had another traffic violation charge in the past.

How to pay for a traffic fine in Pennsylvania

You can pay your fine by going onto the Department of Transport website, through the mail or alternatively by going and paying the ticket in person. In more serious circumstances, you may be obliged to participate in court.

Appealing a traffic ticket

There are occasionally circumstances when a driver is wrongly issued a traffic ticket. You might believe that this is the case in your situation for many reasons. You cannot simply ignore the fine, however. You must actively appeal it.

If you think that your fine was wrongfully given and wish to fight against your traffic ticket, it can be done by contacting the Pennsylvania traffic court. It is important that you take action as soon as possible after you have received your traffic ticket.

Source: DMV, "Traffic Tickets in Pennsylvania," accessed Dec. 28, 2017

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