Most of us know what it is like to be pulled over. Lights flash. Sirens blare. You have that sinking feeling and you know you are in trouble.  It is not fun. While we should never break the law, we aren’t perfect and we make mistakes from time to time. Here are a few insights on what you can be pulled over for here in Idaho, and what it might cost you.

Traffic Infractions vs Misdemeanors

In most cases when you are pulled over in Idaho you will receive a traffic infraction (i.e. speeding). These tickets have a standard fee throughout the state. The full amount for the tickets usually include a statewide fixed penalty, along with court fees. That is what you are paying for. However, if you are cited for a misdemeanor, the cost will vary depending on where you are.

Seatbelt Violation: $10

If you are 18 or older and you forget to wear your seatbelt, you will probably be charged $10. However, this gets complicated if there are others in the car not wearing seat belts. If you or anyone else in your car is younger than 18 and is not wearing a seatbelt, they will run you as high as $67. Furthermore, if you fail to properly put a child in a carseat, you could be charged up to $84. Click it or ticket.

Speeding: $90-$155

How much you are charged largely depends on how fast you were going. Here is what the State of Idaho has mandated:

  • 1-15 mph above the speed limit = $90
  • 16 or more mph above the speed limit = $155

You can also be ticketed a larger amount if you were speeding in a construction or school zone.

  • Construction zone = $106
  • School zone = $156

Texting and Driving: $81

This has become a large problem here in Idaho. Don’t do it. It may seem insignificant in the moment, but it is dangerous and potentially lethal. When you are driving, pay attention to the road. You don’t want to have to pay $80 just to check that text or Facebook comment. It isn’t worth it.

Been in an Accident?

There are other things that you can receive tickets for, but these are the most common. If you have been in an accident because of someone else’s negligence to follow these rules, please contact us today. We are experienced Idaho Personal Injury lawyers that know how to help you in an event like this.

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