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    Top 10 Most Expensive Traffic Tickets In California

    As always, at the Car Pro Show we can't stress the important of safe driving behaviors enough.  Unsafe driving behavior makes the roads dangerous for us all and can pose serious and deadly safety threats.  According to a June report from the Governor's Highway Safety Association, traffic deaths reached a 13-year high in 2020, even though there were fewer drivers on the road due to the pandemic.  The GHSA reports that 38,680 people were killed in 2020, the highest number since 2007.

    Unsafe driving behavior and things like leaving the scene of an accident, also a big no-no,  can also result in pricey tickets and steep hikes to auto insurance rates.    

    The Zebra recently shared a list of 10 most expensive tickets in California with us, and just how expensive these 10 traffic tickets increase auto insurance costs annually in California. The report specifies various traffic violations and the impacts of each, and also looks at much each violation will raise auto insurance rates annually:    

    Violation

    Cost

    $ Increase

    % Increase

    Leaving scene of an accident-hit and run

    $4,942

    $3,120

    171.2%

    Reckless Driving

    $4,942

    $3,120

    171.2%

    DUI

    $4,864

    $3,042

    167.0%

    Refusal to submit to a chemical test

    $4,864

    $3,042

    167.0%

    Racing

    $4,835

    $3,013

    165.4%

    Driving with a suspended license

    $4,708

    $2,886

    158.4%

    Operating a vehicle without permission

    $3,514

    $1,692

    92.9%

    At-Fault Accident - $1000-$2000

    $3,251

    $1,429

    78.4%

    At-Fault Accident - Greater Than $2000

    $3,251

    $1,429

    78.4%

    Wrong way-wrong lane

    $2,826

    $1,004

    55.1%

    Open container

    $2,733

    $911

    50.0%

    Cell Phone Violation

    $2,659

    $837

    45.9%

    Texting while Driving

    $2,659

    $837

    45.9%

     


    Source: The Zebra

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