February 13, 2012

What Happens If I Get A Speeding Ticket In The ARC Zone?

Although it has a fancy name, the ticket still works the same way as a regular ticket. The only difference is that the fine is usually a lot higher than a traffic ticket you might get elsewhere in the city. But the strategy remains the same: contacting an experienced lawyer to handle the ticket so that it does not do too much damage should be your goal.

"ARC" stands for Accident Reduction Corridor. It is a stretch of highway on I-70 through St. Louis (covering the municipalities of St. Ann, Berkeley, Cool Valley, Edmundson, Normandy, Northwoods, Woodson Terrace, and Pine Lawn). This section of highway has proven statistically to be an area in which a higher number of accidents have occurred. The participating cities have established this zone in an attempt to reduce the number of vehicular accidents.

So if you are pulled over in the ARC Zone, and you received a citation for speeding, the officer is still going to give you a ticket that looks exactly like any other traffic ticket. But because the infraction occurred in the zone, the fine will be higher. An ARC ticket (like any other ticket) is a legal document that can greatly impact your automobile insurance. Each time you get a ticket, a certain number of points are assessed. These points are put on your driving record. As points build up over time, your insurance rates go up. And if enough points are assessed over a short period of time, you could possibly lose your license to drive.

But a knowledge lawyer with a good deal of experience can make sure that the speeding ticket you received is reduced (or amended) to a non-moving violation. If the ticket is amended, then no points are assessed. This is because an amendment usually involves getting the ticket reduced to a non-moving violation. Thus, you will not have to worry about higher monthly premiums for your insurance, your record will stay clean, and you can keep on driving to work or school.

The affordable St. Louis traffic ticket defense attorneys at Brinkman & Alter, LLC have been making sure our clients stay on the road and free of violations for years. Our staff is prepared to handle any situation you may have, and most of the information we need can be retrieved over the phone. In addition, we want to make sure that you do not have to deal with any courtroom, judge, or prosecutor. You have enough headaches to deal with as it is. So let us take care of everything. Call today!!