If you are a regular driver on the Missouri highways, and have not yet heard about the “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” campaign, then you missed what appears to have been an unprecedented crackdown on speeding carried out by 226 law enforcement agencies spread across six states. The campaign, spearheaded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), aimed to ticket any and all drivers – both commercial and private drivers – who exceeded the posted speed limit at any point.
Over 7,000 Speeding Arrests Made in One Weekend
Law enforcement agencies from Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Arkansas all participated in the campaign which took place from September 23-25, and which covered over 5,700 miles of roadway. Following the one-weekend campaign, the NHTSA announced that 7,373 drivers were arrested across the six states in just a matter of days. The campaign also included numerous arrests for reckless driving and driving under the influence. Speeding tickets, especially those issued on highways, can carry with them extremely high fines and can negatively affect a driver’s insurance rates for years to come.
Fighting a Speeding Ticket in Missouri
In addition to the high fines drivers face in Missouri for a speeding ticket (starting at $73 for going 1 mph over the speed limit and rising to over $400) and the increased insurance rates, Missouri drivers also face potential license suspension and revocation if they amass enough points on their driving record. Thus, speeding tickets are not simply a matter of the price of the ticket itself but the greater costs associated with insurance and loss of driving privileges.
The good news is that, by working with an attorney, you can take action to fight your speeding ticket, regardless of which law enforcement agency issued your speeding citation. There are several grounds on which to fight back against a speeding ticket, including:
Misidentification of you as a speeding driver, when it may have been another driver
Calling into question the accuracy of the speed-measuring device at the time it was used, or any other procedures used in identifying you as speeding
Making the case that there was a legally valid reason for going over the speed limit, e.g. to avoid an accident
Your attorney will work with you to present your best defense against your speeding ticket in order to protect your finances and your driving privileges.
Get Help Fighting Your Speeding Ticket at The Law Store Today
At The Law Store, our attorneys help clients avoid speeding ticket fines and consequences through our low-cost $79 flat-fee speeding ticket service. Our attorneys are available nights and weekends, and you can schedule an appointment online, by phone, or simply by stopping by one of our locations. Schedule a free consultation today to discuss fighting your speeding ticket in Missouri.