What Does Speeding Ticket Mean?
A speeding ticket is the term used to describe a traffic violation in which the driver of a vehicle exceeds the lawful rate of speed. Most speeding tickets result in written citation. Often, a speeding ticket is accompanied by a monetary fine.
In many states, a speeding ticket is treated as a criminal offense. Thus, it will appear in an individual's a criminal background check. However, some states have begun classifying speeding as a civil infraction which would not be included in a person's criminal record. Whether a speeding violation is classified as civil or criminal may also depend on the severity of the offense. Several jurisdictions classify moving violations that involve speeds that exceed the posted limit by a specified amount to be felony crimes. Speeding in certain locations, such as near a school, may also be classified as more serious offenses.
Traffic violations, including speeding tickets, may also be counted as points against a person's driver's license. Once a driver exceeds the point limit, his or her license may be revoked.