True Cost of a Traffic Ticket in California
True cost of traffic tickets in California can be as high as 5 times the cost of the ticket, due to the increase in the insurance premium which can last up to 3 years.
How much is a traffic ticket in California?
Your base fine combined with surcharges and other penalties for a traffic ticket can range from $162 to $490 depending on the violation code and according to the Judicial Branch of California. However, the true cost of traffic tickets in California could be more than 5 times the cost of the actual ticket.
What if the court is offering a discount on the fine amount?
Even if the court is offering a discount on your ticket(for not contesting the ticket), if you plead guilty on the citation and pay off the ticket, your insurance premium will still go up since it will show on your DMV record. The increase in insurance premium may be up to 5 times the original ticket fine amount(before the discount) for every year, for up to 3 years.
California speeding ticket fees
1 to 15 mph over limit: $238.
16 to 25 mph over limit: $367.
26 mph to 99 mph: $490.
100 mph or more over limit: ~$900, with higher penalties if you have a prior conviction.
If you get a speeding ticket in highway construction zones and maintenance areas, your fee can double.
California car insurance rates after a traffic ticket
The average 40-year-old California driver will pay 42% more per year for full coverage insurance after one traffic ticket, according to some studies.
Based on our research of the data, the true cost of traffic tickets in California could be more than 5 times the cost of the actual ticket — considering drivers could pay an additional $1,184 for a $238 ticket.
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