Florida Traffic Tickets See a Downward Trend

Contrary to what most people might believe, a law enforcement officer will not necessarily issue someone a ticket if she or she is caught speeding.  As some speeding fines can cost $100 or more, officers do take into consideration how such penalties could affect a driver, potentially making it harder for them to put food on the table or pay rent.  These citations depend on the officer and the severity of the infraction committed, but recent numbers suggest tickets may actually be on a downward trend.

Throughout the entire state of Florida the number of tickets issued have decreased between 2010 and 2015.  Focusing on Florida, tickets issued decreased from just over 4 million in 2011 to 3.6 million last year.  These numbers reflect citations given for criminal and non-criminal violations like fleeing a law enforcement officer, driving under the influence, improper passing, running a red light, and even non-moving violations such as failing to provide proof of insurance.

Of course there are situations where issuing a citation is practically mandatory, such as if a driver is caught going twice the speed limit or if he or she intentionally runs a red light.  For most other situations, depending on the circumstances it may be a better alternative to take some time and provide driver education.

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