Beginning July 1, Jacksonville drivers can now be ticketed for driving too slow

June 21, 2013

A new state law that takes effect July 1 allows police to ticket drivers who are going more than 10 mph below the speed limit in the left lane on the freeway. The new provision didn't get much attention, as it was passed as part of a bill that regulates how cities can ticket drivers using cameras to determine people have run red lights, according to a television news report from News4Jax.

Slower drivers have always been asked to use the right lanes on the freeway, allowing faster drivers to pass. The left lane is known as "the fast lane" for a reason. But now, anyone driving more than 10 mph under the speed limit in the left lane can be ticketed, the television station reported. The new law for Jacksonville Traffic Violation Cases will begin July 1. In theory, Jacksonville Traffic Violation laws are designed to keep drivers safe on the roads, so it will be interesting to see how much emphasis is placed on the new law. The fine is up to $60, but a violation would not put additional points on a person's driving record. Traffic penalties can add up quickly and end up being big trouble for drivers. Traffic violations are scored on a point system. Speeding tickets carry a variety of points, depending on how far over the speed limit the ticket is written for. Other point penalties include six points for leaving the scene of an accident and four points for reckless driving. As the points build, the penalties can quickly result in a driver losing his or her driver's license for a significant amount of time.

 12 points in a year: 30-day license suspension
 18 points in 18 months: 3-month suspension
 24 points in three years: 1-year suspension

And when a driver simply pays the ticket, he or she is admitting guilt and accepting all of the penalties, including the points. That charge then sticks to a person's driving record and the points count toward the total that could be used to suspend or revoke a person's license. Not only can points affect the person's license down the road, it can impact auto insurance rates. In some cases, a Jacksonville Traffic Violation Attorney can assist in having points reduced or even eliminated complete, which can have a dramatic impact on future traffic penalties.

If you or a loved one needs a criminal defense attorney in Jacksonville or the surrounding area, call The Mussallem Law Firm at (904) 365-5200 for a FREE CONSULTATION. Our Duval County Traffic Violations Attorney, Victoria "Tori" Mussallem, is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.