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Old 05-12-2013, 01:51 AM   #1
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Speeding ticket in the states

So I was feeling sick and my wife took over for 30minutes and she was caught doing a few mph over limit.

What happens if she doesn't pay the ticket?
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pay the ticket right away. if she is caught in the states i've heard numerous stories where they will just take the offender to jail right at the border.
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Why not just pay the ticket then you don't have to get an answer to your question?
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A warrant may be issued preventing you from entering and dealing with much more scrutiny.

You can pay it online...I did that and no problem crossing multiple times ever since last year.
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my uncle never paid his ticket and he still goes over when he does his grocery shopping. He just makes sure he doesnt get pulled over again or he may go to jail. I suggest she pays it off so she can have a peace of mind when she drivers there again, or do what my uncle does..but not worth it imo
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It won’t surprise you that according to Washington State Patrol spokesman Dan Coon, a Canadian driver who receives a speeding ticket in Washington has three options: pay by mail, request a remediation hearing, or head down and contest it through the courts. You may have left your inhibitions at the border, but you still have responsibilities.

But what if you did choose to do nothing?

“We create a record for that driver in our system and add the citation to their record. When it’s reported to us that it’s unpaid, we suspend that individual’s driving privilege here in Washington. If the driver was to return and get pulled over, they would run a status check and find out that individual was driving with a suspended driving privilege, which is essentially equivalent to driving without a licence,” says Washington State Department of Licensing spokesman Brad Benfield.

What happens when you’re caught with a suspended driving privilege may depend on the discretion of the law enforcement officer who pulls you over.

“I can’t talk for our county sheriffs or city police, but the troopers we do give a lot of discretion. If the suspended driver operating the vehicle is travelling with other people they may be allowed to continue on, but that particular individual may no longer drive in Washington state. If travelling alone, that individual may need to have someone come and pick them up, or have their vehicle towed. We will not, however, just leave someone on the side of the road,” says Coon.

You could encounter trouble crossing the border if you’re operating a vehicle and have a suspended driving privilege in the United States.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection “strongly advise you to pay your traffic tickets, particularly moving violations. While unpaid tickets would not subject you to arrest unless a warrant is issued, you may be subject to a more intensive inspection if your record is not clear.”

Even if you don’t plan on heading south again, there are consequences to an unpaid U.S. ticket. “In prior years it was, ‘How are they going to get me?’ but a recent law allows the courts to use collection agencies if you fail to pay your fine. You’ll receive notification that your fine has been submitted to a collection agency, who will recoup the monies,” says Coon.

According to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), B.C. does not have a reciprocal agreement with Washington for traffic violations, so a cross-border speeding ticket would not affect your driver’s record or insurance in B.C. A criminal driving offence, however, is another matter.

ICBC adds: “When information is received from the U.S. that a driver has been convicted of an offence equivalent to a Canadian Criminal Code driving offence, the offence would be added to the driver’s record in B.C. and the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles would take action against the driver equivalent to the punishment for that offence in B.C.”

It’s a good time to wheel out the old cliché: if you do the crime, you should pay the fine.

If the reasons above haven’t convinced you, take note that the delinquency can also affect your credit record if the collection agency reports it. On top of everything else, it would be a shame if you were refused at the checkout on your next shopping trip.


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The whole going to jail thing depends on the county. Some counties will have a court summons if you refuse to pay the ticket. If you don't follow the court summons, then an arrest warrant issued. Usually - they won't be state-wide, so it might just be that particular county. But I agree with most people - pay your ticket - it's not worth the trouble.
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make sure you pay the ticket asap. If you don't pay the ticket or show up for your court day, they will issue a warrant for your arrest. worst case scenario, you could be arrested at the border upon your next US visit and be permanently denied entrance to the US.

I have seen it go this far before...
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friend of a friend was thrown in jail for a couple days and had to pay alot of fines to get his car back. Not worth it LOL
I was passing the california to oregon border, got caught. 7 mph over the limit, got slapped with a 300 dollar fine.....
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just pay the ticket. there's no points to your record.
unlike speeding here and getting slap with fines + points.
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Don't pay, never go to the US again, that'll show 'em!
Speed here instead.


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How much exactly your wife was going?

I have a feeling it was more than a few mph (over 5 mph).

Yes, US is more restrictive on how much you can go over the limit. Also. in US, some states have air patrol, and WA is one of them, to be able to catch the unsuspected.

I drive in the states often and never gotten ticket and keep it within +3 mph over and aimed at within the nearest km/h tick on cruise control.

Speaking of that, two weeks ago, driving back to Canada on I-5, a driver (Canadian plates) in a similar car to mine, speed past me. 30 minutes later down the road on I-5 as the highway turns, I see at a far distance, police car on the shoulder with lights on. As I get close, I see that it's the same car that passed me earlier.

There was another incident too where an acquaintance of mine was pulled over almost a month ago for speeding on I-5. The cop was hiding at where the speed got changed form 70-60 mph. He got written up for it for this however, the speed written was only for this incident. What I mean is that, the officer mentioned to him that he knew he had been going at much faster at XX mph. He asks, "How do you know?" The officer replied that the air patrol had tagged him earlier and had been following him.

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I went down to Bellevue last weekend it shocked me to see idiots from BC hauling ass on I5 while the locals were all doing the speed limit, BC drivers are the worst I've seen.

And in regards to cops on I5, I left Vancouver around 1am and even at that time I saw cops at various points on I5 camped on the side of the highway. It's seriously not worth speeding, I had a friend who didn't pay his ticket a few years ago and he was pulled over last year. He didn't go to jail but he was brought down to the police station where he had to pay the ticket + penalties.
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BC drivers are the worst I've seen.
You obviously haven't been to Quebec. One place that has even more aggressive driver's is Peru.
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I went down to Bellevue last weekend it shocked me to see idiots from BC hauling ass on I5 while the locals were all doing the speed limit, BC drivers are the worst I've seen.

And in regards to cops on I5, I left Vancouver around 1am and even at that time I saw cops at various points on I5 camped on the side of the highway. It's seriously not worth speeding, I had a friend who didn't pay his ticket a few years ago and he was pulled over last year. He didn't go to jail but he was brought down to the police station where he had to pay the ticket + penalties.
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Does the radar's work against air patrol?
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Does the radar's work against air patrol?
Probably not. I'd imagine they use Laser. And your radar is illegal in the US anywyays.
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Probably not. I'd imagine they use Laser. And your radar is illegal in the US anywyays.
Err, your radar won't stop air patrol's stopwatch from measuring the time it takes for you to travel a known distance...
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Probably not. I'd imagine they use Laser. And your radar is illegal in the US anywyays.
I don't own a radar detector; I don't need one since I'm not one of those speeders.

Actually, radar detectors and laser jammers are legal in US depending on which state you are in.

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Sorry to bring back an old thread but, I got a speeding ticket a while back. I paid it out with a money order as the ticket requested. However, I didn't get any sort of confirmation from them that they actually received it. So I am still left in the dark as to what is going on. Is there anyway to check?
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I got a speeding ticket in december of 2011 and i always kept forgetting and putting off paying it. Now i have lost the ticket and have no idea how to find out how much it is and how to pay it. Does anyone know how i would go about finding this information?
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Call the police department in the county in which you received the ticket from.

Christ, the lack of common sense in some of these question just blows the mind away.
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Just got a speeding ticket of 160$ in Yakima County, WA.
(I was driving 86mph on a 70mph limit)




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