Speeding tickets and other traffic violations happen to most people at some point. One or two in your life won’t hurt you too much. However, if you acquire too many tickets, it could cause you a lot of trouble. In some states, if you have too many violations, you can be arrested. You can also be arrested for your rate of speed alone if it exceeds a certain amount. Here are some of the ways you could get arrested for having too many traffic tickets.
If you have too many violations, it could be seen as reckless driving. While you can’t be arrested for a civil traffic violation, you can be arrested for a crime. Since reckless driving is considered a misdemeanor in some states, that would qualify as a crime and you could be arrested for that. Usually, this happens if you have too many violations within a certain period of time. For instance, if you had three citations for excessive speed in a short period of time, you could be charged with reckless driving because you’re constantly or consistently speeding and putting others in danger. That’s the logic that states and governments use when creating laws like the ones that classify multiple violations as reckless driving.
Some states also have laws that allow an officer to arrest you for your speed alone. In California, for instance, if your speed is double the speed limit or 100 miles per hour, whichever applies, you can be arrested for reckless driving. Again, that’s a misdemeanor, so you would be charged criminally instead of in the civil realm where most traffic infractions are handled.
Just because you can be arrested doesn’t necessarily mean you will be. Given that prison overcrowding is a problem, a lot of officers will choose not to book you. Instead, you might be given a lengthy suspension, have your license revoked, be mandated to attend driver re-education courses or alcohol rehabilitation, or something similar. However, it’s not worth the risk. If your behavior is deemed to be high-risk, reckless, or negligent, you may be booked anyway, especially if alcohol or drugs are involved.
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