In Finland, a driver received a speeding ticket and was fined $60,000 according to Business Insider. The ticket was so costly, not because the driver did any specific wrongful behavior to warrant such a huge fine, but instead because ticket fines in Finland are based on the amount of money a person has. The more someone makes, the higher the fine for breaking traffic laws. The law is structured this way so everyone suffers equally when ticketed. In the United States, things are very different. Drivers at all income levels face the same fines for the same traffic offenses regardless of what they make. An article on CNBC, however, suggests that there is a big difference in the financial impact of a ticket based on how much money you have. This difference goes beyond the fact that it is easier for a wealthy person to come up with the money for a citation than it is for someone who makes less. Wealthy people actually end up paying less overall for tickets than someone with less income who gets the same citation. A ticket can have far-reaching financial consequences for the majority of Americans because insurance premiums go up. If you are cited for a traffic offense, contact a New Orleans speeding ticket attorney for assistance exploring the possible options you have for fighting the accusations and keeping your money and clean driving record. Who Pays the Most for a New Orleans Traffic Ticket? Higher income drivers are more likely to be ticketed in the United States. CNBC indicates that 29 percent of Americans who have incomes of $75,000 or higher got a moving violation sometime during the five years prior to taking a survey on their driving habits. For those with incomes less than $50,000, far fewer people received a ticket. • People with incomes of $30,000 or less were the least likely to be ticketed, with just 17 percent having received a citation in the prior five years.
• 20 percent of motorists with incomes between $30,000 and $49,000 got a ticket in the five years before being surveyed.
• 27 percent of people with incomes of $50,000 to $74,900 had been cited in the past five years. Wealthier Americans may be getting more tickets due to the fact that they are on the road more often, or because their cars tend to go faster, or because they aren’t as worried about tickets and thus may take more driving risks. Wealthier Americans may also not care as much about getting a ticket because their insurance premiums are less likely to go up after a citation as compared with someone at a lower income level. A total of 24 percent of people with incomes under $30,000 saw their premiums rise after getting a ticket, compared with 21 percent making $75,000 or more. The group most likely to see an increase in insurance premiums after a ticket had incomes between $30,000 and $49,000. There were 27 percent of people within this group whose premiums rose after a citation. People of all income levels can lose significant sums due not only to the ticket, fines, and higher insurance costs but also due to lost job opportunities for work requiring a clean license. If you have been cited for a traffic offense, a speeding ticket in New Orleans can help you to fight the citation. Call for assistance as soon as you can after you get a ticket.