There were 1,360,395 cases filed for traffic infractions in Los Angeles Superior Court in the 2013-2014 fiscal year. A study by Nerdwallet.com, finds that 5 of 10 of the most expensive areas to get a ticket in the entire state of California are within L.A. County, with the true costs of a $35 ticket being more like $700 after fines, fees, and insurance increases. There’s big business in tickets for local municipalities who finance their budgets on traffic tickets and for insurance companies that get to say “Gotcha!” and jack up your insurance rates for 3 years.
What’s most important after you get a ticket is how you deal with it. Do not simply pay the fine and try to move on. You’ll see your insurance premiums go up as high as 25% for the next 3 years. Keeping in mind most people in California pay around $1,000 to $1,200 for their car insurance each year that is major jump and will put some serious pain on your wallet. If the violation you’re facing is correctible with traffic school, you absolutely must take that opportunity to avoid points on your license. You’ll still be stuck paying your fine and applicable fees but this is about minimizing the damage to your driving record.
How to apply for L.A. County Traffic School:
That’s right. You have to apply first with the county to be allowed to take traffic school. You can do so by going here. LA will charge you $64 to take traffic school if you’re approved for your violation [that only pays for the right to go to traffic school, you still have to buy your traffic school course].
Sign up for a California Online Traffic School course:
You’ll have 60 days from when you were allowed by the state to take traffic school [like this one] and complete it. Traffic Schools with actual classroom courses have been around for decades, but I tend to recommend online courses since most folks would prefer to take a course in their home on their own time than when a brick and mortar traffic school offers classes. Typically online courses are required to present about 8 hours’ worth of curriculum. It won’t be fun but then neither are rising insurance premiums.
Upon successful completion of your traffic school course, your online traffic school will transmit your completion to California DMV.
Your LA Traffic Court will pull your DMV record to corroborate your completion and from that no points will be added to your driving record. California DMV will typically take about a month to update your record so don’t expect this to happen instantly. Check your driving record about a month later to verify completion. At that point, if your record is incorrect, contact your traffic school about re-reporting your completion.
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