A year ago, roads in New Jersey were wide open, with people choosing to stay home rather than venture out during a worldwide pandemic. In 2020, cars on the road were down 13 percent. Many drivers choosing to travel used the extra space and the reduced police presence to drive fast and recklessly, resulting in an eight percent increase in traffic fatalities.
While traffic returning to normal levels is welcome news for drivers, the increased number of patrol cars is likely not. Drivers throughout the Garden State will probably see the return of congested highways, not to mention the ever-present speed traps. Still, the temptation to drive over the speed limit or commit other traffic violations will be tempting as the state, and the country continues to emerge from the lockdowns.
Traffic tickets that increase insurance costs the most
Traffic tickets are anything but a “minor crime,” particularly if a driver has accumulated several over time. Not only are there legal consequences for speeding, running a red light, and other related infractions, insurance rates can skyrocket as well.
- The top of the list involves leaving the scene of an accident, also known as hit and run. That crime can result in fines of just short of $2,600.
- Wide-open roads and fewer police patrols saw the return of drag racing on city streets. Those convicted of that crime paid out more than $2,800.
- With the increased use of alcohol throughout the pandemic, some New Jersey residents decided to venture out while under the influence. Those pulled over paid fines of $2,254.
- Not far behind drunk driving is refusing to submit to a chemical test, resulting in a fine of $2,426.
- Desperation to get out of the house saw many of those with a suspended license taking to the roads at the cost of $2,392.
- Drivers operating their cars recklessly paid out $2,389.
An arrest for DUI does not automatically lead to a conviction. The help of a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney can make a significant difference personally, professionally, and financially.