The fine and the points associated with a traffic ticket only tell a small part of the total monetary story. The financial consequences of a Vermont moving violation can encompass much more then the fine itself. One of the biggest concerns for motorists is what type of rate increase they should expect from their auto insurance if their carrier catches wind that the motorist has been convicted of a Vermont DUI or moving violation.
According to a report written by Bankrate.com a single speeding ticket alone can carry with it between a 19-23% hike in insurance rates. While a DUI carries with a 93% hike, while reckless driving such as texting while driving can bring with it rate increases as much as 82%.
What is even worse for those with less the pristine driving records is that if you add up a few of these violations, many insurance companies will refuse to even offer you insurance.
Based on the real and substantial consequences of even the most benign of traffic violations, it is important for motorists to calculate what the actual cost of that Vermont DUI, speeding ticket or reckless driving conviction could bring before determining whether or not it is worth the effort and expense of fighting it in the hopes of mitigating or eliminating the collateral consequences.