How much is a careless driving ticket?

I was caught speeding on the highway and was given a careless driving ticket. How much does a careless driving ticket cost?

Tiffany Leung · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Sorry to hear that you got a careless driving ticket!
A careless driving ticket will cost up to $1,000 depending on your state laws. You will usually have 30 days to pay the fine. The charge may also be punishable by jail time and/or points added to your driving record.
Careless driving is negligence toward the safety of other people or property while driving. This includes speeding, as it increases the chances of an accident. However, unlike reckless driving, careless driving is not a criminal infraction.
To lower your penalties or dismiss the ticket, you can try the following:
  • Driving school: Some states will allow you to take an approved driving course to lower your demerit points or dismiss the citation.
  • Get an attorney: Consulting an expert traffic attorney will be your best bet if you choose to fight the charge in court.
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