As with every state, in Washington, traffic tickets are the primary instrument of penalizing motorists who violate the laws. They are issued as a deterrent towards rash driving behavior and help create a safer environment for motorists and pedestrians alike.
Traffic tickets are issued by the police officer under several circumstances. Speeding and running a red light are the most common examples. More severe violations include driving while impaired, committing a felony in a car, or deliberately endangering the lives of other motorists. The penalty you receive for violating the law can be as simple as a monetary fine to a confiscation of your driving rights and even arrest with time in prison.
The Washington traffic ticket, when issued, contains a complete set of information on it. You will be able to tell the nature of your offence, the penalty, the time, date and location of the violation. The ticket also contains information about the issuing officer and your contact details, and you will be required to sign a copy for record-keeping as well. In addition to all this information, the traffic ticket will also tell you the nearest Traffic court you can approach to pay your fines or contest the decision, and the deadline you have to pay for your ticket.
If you feel that your Washington traffic ticket has been issued incorrectly, you can choose to contest it in a court. You can also hire an attorney specialized in traffic matters to help you and deal with the case on your behalf. Otherwise, paying your fines before the deadline is considered an admission of guilt. If you default on your traffic ticket fines, you may be called by the court to answer for yourself, and have a heavier fine imposed on you. In order to avoid this inconvenience, it is necessary that you pay your dues on time.
There are several benefits of paying your traffic tickets. It brings down your insurance premium and allows you to ask for more coverage. It also helps you do your part in creating a harmless environment for you and other drivers.