If you are driving faster than the posted speed limit in Maryland and get stopped by police, you will likely be wondering how much your speeding ticket will end up costing you. Many states vary their fines based on not only the violation committed, but also by the county in which you are caught speeding. Maryland, on the other hand, does not vary fines based on the location of your traffic stop. Maryland charges you the same amount for a ticket regardless of which county or district you are in when you are caught speeding. The amount you will be expected to pay should be listed on your citation, which should look the same no matter which court’s jurisdiction you are pulled over in.
Penalties in Maryland
The penalties that you incur when you are caught speeding in Maryland consist of more than just the simple fines and fees you will be expecting to pay. Additional penalties include the points that you will get added to your record, which could eventually lead to the loss of your driving privilege. Penalties vary based on the type of license you have and how serious the violation that you committed is. You can look up your actual ticket online at the Maryland court records website to get more information on your violation and the status of your case. Penalties also vary based on your current driving record. The state assigns points to every driver that commits a moving violation. The points will stay on that record for two years and the starting date is the date that you violated the law in the first place. Some of the most common violations are failing to stop at a traffic light or stop sign, which will earn you two points, improper passing for one point, and driving with a suspended license for twelve points.
If you accumulate too many points on your record, the state will start to take action against you. If you get 3-4 points in two years, you will receive a warning letter informing you that you are getting close to accruing too many points. If you collect 5-7 points in two years, you will have to take a Driver Improvement Program course. 8-11 points will get your license suspended and more than 12 points will cause your license to be revoked. It is a good idea to keep an eye on your driving record after you receive a speeding ticket to ensure you have been assigned the correct number of points. You will also want to check your record after the 2 year span is over so that you can ensure that the points were removed from your record.
Since insurance companies have access to driving records, you will need to note that your premiums may rise as a result of your speeding violation. These rates will stay at an increased level until two years after the infraction is first noted on your record.