How can I reduce my speeding ticket cost?

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Methods vary by state, but some common ways to reduce speeding ticket cost include:
  • Being a first-time offender.
  • Not speeding more than a certain number of miles over the speed limit.
  • Contesting the ticket in court. Depending on the nature of the traffic ticket, you might want to bring a traffic ticket attorney along with you.
However, one of the most popular ways to reduce speeding ticket cost or dismiss a traffic ticket altogether is traffic school attendance.

The grid below outlines which states consider dismissing traffic tickets or reducing speeding ticket costs if the driver attends traffic school. The bad news is that not every state does; the good news is that most states offer at least point reduction to your driving record.

Once you check your state, be sure to talk with your local court and driver license agency for details.

Yes No
Alabama
x
Ticket might be dismissed.
Alaska
x
Ticket might be dismissed.
Arizona
x
Ticket might be dismissed.
Arkansas
x
California
x
Ticket might be dismissed.
Colorado
x
Connecticut
x
Delaware
x
Point reduction is possible.
Florida
x
Point reduction is possible.
Georgia
x
Ticket might be dismissed.
Hawaii
x
Idaho
x
Illinois
x
Indiana
x
Point reduction is possible.
Iowa
x
Kansas
x
However, the offense might be removed from your driving record if you pay the fines and meet other requirements.
Kentucky
x
It might take care of any out-of-state citations you have, though.
Louisiana
x
Ticket might be dismissed.
Maine
x
Point reduction is possible.
Maryland
x
Massachusetts
x
Michigan
x
Minnesota
x
Ticket might be dismissed in certain situations. Talk with your court clerk office.
Mississippi
x
It’s a possibility, but you’ll need to check with your court.
Missouri
x
Point reduction is possible.
Montana
x
Nebraska
x
Point reduction is possible.
Nevada
x
Ticket might be dismissed.
New Hampshire
x
Point reduction is possible.
New Jersey
x
New Mexico
x
It’s possible, but be sure to check with the judge.
New York
x
There’s a slim chance, and it’s up to each court.
North Carolina
x
Point reduction is possible.
North Dakota
x
Point reduction is possible.
Ohio
x
Point reduction is possible.
Oklahoma
x
Point reduction is possible.
Oregon
x
Pennsylvania
x
Rhode Island
x
But you might be able to keep the ticket off your permanent record.
South Carolina
x
Point reduction is possible.
South Dakota
x
Tennessee
x
Point reduction is possible.
Texas
x
This won’t dismiss tickets for driving 95 mph or faster. Be sure to talk to the court.
Utah
x
It’s up to individual jurisdictions.
Vermont
x
Virginia
x
Point reduction is possible; up to the courts.
Washington
x
It’s entirely up to the court, but it’s a possibility.
West Virginia
x
Ticket dismissal or cost reduction is up to your local court.
Wisconsin
x
Point reduction is possible.
Wyoming
x
Ticket dismissal or cost reduction is up to your local court.
Washington DC
x
Ticket might be dismissed.

Visitor Comments

  • Posted by Anonymous on March 16th, 2010

    I got my speeding ticket in Virgina dismissed for attanding traffic school. the list on this site says no on that. Judging from the attendance in my class that is a general rule. It is at the discretion of the judge however and often this can only be done once (again depending on the judge)

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