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Do you pay out-of-state speeding tickets?

post #1 of 29
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What's the consequence of not paying them? What are the ways they can get to you? I didn't pay the ones I got in MA and Alberta, so far I haven't received any notices. I understand some states interlink their ticketing system like NY-NJ-CT.
post #2 of 29
I have a friend who still has an outstanding warrant for her arrest in Texas for failure to pay a speeding ticket. She plans on never returning to Texas for the rest of her life, but still.
post #3 of 29
umm i have an expired tabs ticket from fucking washington, which i got 2 days before i left the state..................................and i havent paid it yet, mainly because i dont have $194. are they going to hunt me down?
post #4 of 29
The problem with not paying them, is they can put a hold on your license in their state, and at some point, maybe 10 or 15 years down the road, it can pop up on your actual driver's license at which time your state may suspend or revoke your license and your insurance company may drop you.

It's probably easier to just pay the tickets than to deal with all that.
post #5 of 29
in some states they take your license until you pay it. in place of a license you have to carry around your speeding ticket, which is as good as a license (in terms of allowing you to operate a vehicle).
post #6 of 29
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Originally Posted by Bradford
The problem with not paying them, is they can put a hold on your license in their state, and at some point, maybe 10 or 15 years down the road, it can pop up on your actual driver's license at which time your state may suspend or revoke your license and your insurance company may drop you.

It's probably easier to just pay the tickets than to deal with all that.

this is true. also, insurance companies and various departments of motor vehicle (or secretary of states) have historically done a terrible job at inter-state communication. this is changing as the systems they use modernize and become more automated. but since we are talking about state governments here, that still may be a ways out for some places (do they even have computers in west virginia yet?)
post #7 of 29
At some point it will also end up on your credit report.
post #8 of 29
I had one from NY that I got on the way from GA to CT. I just paid it off as I didn't want any points to end up on my license or a warrant out.
post #9 of 29
Also, if you ever plan on working for the federal government, or for some other employers who ask about prior run-ins with the police, or if you plan to take the attorney bar exam, you'll be asked to specify any traffic infractions (in addition to other criminal incidents) - including location, date, what the penalty/charge was, etc. Obviously it's not a good idea to lie on a job or bar application. If you don't report it and they discover it in doing a background check, it would naturally not make you look good.
post #10 of 29
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Originally Posted by kabert
Also, if you ever plan on working for the federal government, or for some other employers who ask about prior run-ins with the police, or if you plan to take the attorney bar exam, you'll be asked to specify any traffic infractions (in addition to other criminal incidents) - including location, date, what the penalty/charge was, etc. Obviously it's not a good idea to lie on a job or bar application. If you don't report it and they discover it in doing a background check, it would naturally not make you look good.

and teachers, and architects, and nurses, and barbers, and possibly anyone who needs a license to work
post #11 of 29
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She plans on never returning to Texas for the rest of her life, but still.
I haven't read over Texas's long-arm jurisdiction in a while, but from what I remember, it is pretty far reaching. I wouldn't be surprised at all if in a few years from now, your friend's local constabulary ends up knocking on her door. Or I could just be paranoid. Texas is really great about all the sudden going "hey, you know all these people who have been doing such and such for years now and we hadn't ever done anything about it...well...we need some more revenue this year...what do ya say we do some raids?!"
post #12 of 29
Oh, just have a sense of shame and pay it. Why worry about about where the sword may fall.
post #13 of 29
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I have a friend who still has an outstanding warrant for her arrest in Texas for failure to pay a speeding ticket. She plans on never returning to Texas for the rest of her life, but still.

Not much here to see...Can't say as I blame her.

I did get in a bit of a scrape 3 years ago over a ticket in LA I had blown off when moving to SF 9 years before...

That was definitely not the best jail experience I was describing to Jill, Chuck and Globe over a wine-addled dinner.
post #14 of 29
pay it, but pay $.01 MORE than you owe. The state will generate a check to you for the $.01 extra you paid. DO NOT CASH IT. Tear it up. THey will send more. Eventually, they will stop sending you the checks for $.01.

The reason not to cash the check after you overpay is the system cannot close your account and as such, they cannot contact your state to indicate you have points in another state, which nowadays means points on your record in your state. Therefore, because they can't close your account, they never report the points.

I learned this trick from a buddy back in college. Used to get tickets in PA on the freakin' turnpike and almost got my michigan license suspended for points until I started using this little trick
post #15 of 29

Are you referring to Louisiana?

I received a speeding ticket in Clinton, LA and I am from California. I was just about to mail in my payment and someone told me that it would not matter if I did not pay it if I was never going back. Did you go to jail for not paying?

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