Impact of Traffic Tickets on Low Income Motorists
Written By: Benjamin Goldman, Esq.
A recent Princeton University study entitled “Speed Trap or Poverty Trap” was conducted on the impact of traffic tickets
on lower income motorist. The results were significant and they indicated that being charged with a traffic violation
can be devastating to the bottom line of poorer drivers. The study took into account the obvious fines and increases
insurance premiums. Also noted was that subsequent to receiving a traffic citation there was a higher rate of
delinquencies and less ability to borrow.
The analysis was limited to the State of Florida. After reading the paper I can say with a high degree of certainty that
this applies with equal measure to New York. Our state is on average one of the highest for fines on moving violations
and insurance rates in the United States.
Click here to view the study.