Photos: Ten most expensive places to get a speeding ticket in Colorado
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There's no faster way to ruin your day than getting a speeding ticket -- but traffic stops like these are more expensive in some cities than others.
The folks at NerdWallet.com recently set out to discover the true cost in Colorado of a ticket for going more than twenty miles per hour over the speed limit, and the amount differs from place to place. Below, we've assembled the ten priciest locations, featuring photos and excerpts from NerdWallet.com text. Count them down below and to see the original post, click here.
Before we get started, here's a NerdWallet.com note about how the totals below were calculated that addresses some comments made about this post:
The average insurance increase for Colorado drivers after a 20 miles per hour speeding ticket is $135.61 per year, and insurance increases often last for three years. That means a $232 ticket actually costs drivers $638.83.
Number 10: Aurora
Price of ticket: $654.77 In Aurora, many state legislators are able to avoid both parking fines and speeding tickets. The legislators use license plates that are not registered with the DMV. The Department of Public Works relies on the DMV's database to contact people with unpaid tickets and are therefore unable to contact people with unregistered license plates....
Number 9: Greeley
Price of ticket: $658.47
Greeley State Sen. Scott Renfroe is spearheading a bill that will impact drivers across Colorado. His bill, which would ban speeding cameras in Colorado, just passed the state senate. He argues that speeding cameras do not actually increase driver safety....
Editor's note: Renfroe's bill was recently transformed from a red-light camera ban into a study.
Price of ticket: $668.88 Like many cities in Colorado, drivers who speed in safety-sensitive zones are subject to increased fines. If a driver receives a ticket in a safety-sensitive zone such as a construction area or school zone, fines are automatically doubled....
Number 7: Loveland
Price of ticket: $671.49 In Loveland, drivers who suspect that they have unpaid traffic tickets can call the Loveland Municipal Court or the Larimer County Court....
Price of ticket: $693.26 Last year, Colorado Springs was named the No. 1 city for congestion growth in the United States. In an effort to alleviate congestion, the Colorado Springs Department of Transportation is expanding the section of I-25 that runs from Colorado Springs to Monument. Drivers should note that Colorado Springs has many traffic cameras, many of which are situated along I-25....
Price of ticket: $705.37 After receiving a minor speeding ticket, the average rate increase for Pueblo drivers is 13.82%, which is less than its neighbor, Colorado Springs. However, Pueblo's average car insurance rates, $989.97, are higher than the rest of Colorado's....
Price of ticket: $726.06 Sterling, like many cities in Colorado, has speed traps. Wary motorists can turn to numerous organizations and apps to avoid speeding tickets. The National Motorists Association monitors speed traps across the nation....
Number 3: Evans
Price of ticket: $739.95 Often, drivers who move to Colorado are concerned that their previous moving violations will affect their licensing in Colorado. However, in Colorado -- including Evans -- the DMV will not place minor violations on drivers' records once they move to the state....
Price of ticket: $745.94 Castle Rock's municipal court has jurisdiction over traffic violations. In cases of minor speeding tickets, most drivers can pay for their violations before appearing in court. Like many states, Colorado uses a points system to police drivers. If defendants pay for their parking tickets prior to their court date, they can lower two- or three-point tickets to one point....
Number 1: Fort Morgan
Price of ticket: $767.70
Fort Morgan has higher annual car insurance rates, $972.31, than the state average. Drivers in Fort Morgan are also faced with the steepest car insurance increases after receiving speeding tickets, 15.59%....
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