Picture this: you're driving along a Texas highway. It's late,
there's not a lot of traffic, and you aren't really paying much
attention to your speedometer. Suddenly, flashing lights explode from
the road behind you. You look down and realize for the first time that
you were doing 80 when you should have been doing 70. What happens now?
You've been caught speeding in Texas-it's not the end of the world, but
it can be expensive and inconvenient.
Dangers of Speeding
Why is speeding such a big deal? Texas police officers issue tickets
to speeders because speeding is dangerous. To explain why, here is a
quick physics lesson: The faster an object is moving, the more distance
it will travel before it comes to a complete stop. For example, if you
are going 40 miles per hour in a car, it will take you at least 126
feet for your vehicle to come to a complete stop after you apply the
brakes. Read more...
Dealing With a Speeding Ticket
Basically, you have 3 options when you get a speeding ticket in
Texas: pay the fine, which is an admission of guilt and results in a
conviction; plead not guilty and attempt to defend yourself against the
charge or request to attend traffic school to have the speeding
citation dismissed. You can only attend traffic school once per year,
and there are other eligibility requirements as well. Read more...
Defensive Driving/Traffic School
Defensive driving can help protect your driving record and your
insurance rates. If you are eligible to get your Texas speeding ticket
dismissed by going to traffic school, you must request to do so either
in court on your court date or in writing beforehand. Read more...
If a citation for speeding ends up on your driving record, it counts
as 2 points if you did not cause an accident and 3 points if your
excessive speed did lead to an accident. Read more...
How Police Determine Speeding
How do the police know how fast you're going, anyway? Today, there
are a number of methods that a police officer can use to measure your
speed. The most common way cops catch speeders is to use a radar
device. Radar uses radio waves that shoot out of the device and bounce
off of a moving object, such as your vehicle. Read more...
How To Beat a Speeding Ticket
Depending on your situation, there are a couple of different options
that can help you beat your Texas speeding ticket. Once a year, you can
request to have a Texas speeding citation dismissed if you take a
state-approved defensive driving class. Driving University offers
an online, state-approved defensive driving class that you can take for
citation dismissal from home. Read
Speeding Ticket Fines
The amount you'll pay for a Texas speeding ticket is set by the
municipality you were ticketed in. The citation itself may have fine
information on it, or you may need to contact the court to see how much
you are required to pay. All municipalities use a scale to determine
how much to fine you, based on how many miles per hour over the speed
limit you were going, but the scale is different for each locality. Read more...
Texas Speed Limits
The Texas State Transportation code § 545.352 defines lawful for
speeds for various types of roads. Inside a city or town, 30
miles per hour is assumed to be a safe and lawful speed, unless you are
driving in an alleyway. Then, the speed limit is 25 miles per hour.
Once you get onto a numbered highway and away from urban and
residential areas, the speed limit jumps to 70 miles per hour. Read more...
What To Do If You Got a Speeding Ticket
When you get a speeding ticket, the officer will generally advise
you of what you are being ticketed for, give you the ticket to review
and have you sign it. Signing the ticket is not an admission of guilt;
it simply certifies that you received the ticket and were advised of
the charges against you. Read more...