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Not sure what happen to my first post. I saw it posted to the forum but then it disappear. My apology if this showing twice on the forum.

I got a speeding ticket last week for going over 53 on 35 limit (although I didn't look at my own speed to know for sure if it's really 53). The officer gave me discount by charging me to go over 45 and therefore have me paid $100 otherwise (according to him) I'd have to pay more than $200 had it been for 53mh. He indicate it on the ticket about my actual speed of 53 and the speed that he is charging me, which is 45. It was 10:30am at memorial drive in cambridge and there wasn't lots of car that morning.

This is the first speeding ticket since I have my license 10 years ago and I wonder if its good idea for me to ask for a hearing and then asking for forgiveness and have the ticket off my record. Or have them send me to driving school?
Thanks in advance.

 
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MA, unlike some other states such as CA, doesn't have driving school programs that somehow impact your driving record. http://www.dmv.org/ma-massachusetts/traffic-schools.php. Even w/re to your insurance premium, it doesn't look like there is uniform legislation requiring a reduction if a person attends driving school. In other words, individual insurance companies might have policies that allow a reduction if you show you attended driving school somewhere, but aren't required to.

In terms of the hearing itself, you have the right to request a hearing to contest the ticket, and there are no additional penalties imposed if you request a hearing and are unsuccessful. Unless you have clear evidence that the ticket is unwarranted, usually the best that can be hoped for from a hearing is a partial reduction in the amount the original ticket is for. Given these parameters, the main concerns for drivers are practical: does the potential reduction outweigh the costs in terms of time and effort involved in preparing for the hearing. You don't actually need to go to the hearing yourself, but your chances of achieving a good result are probably increased if you do. That usually means a serious time commitment.

Since this is your first ticket, the effect on your insurance premiums (assuming you haven't had any other accidents, etc.) should be minimal. It may not even affect the premium itself. Together with the logistical burden involved with contesting the ticket, this may weigh against requesting the hearing and in favor of just paying the thing off, but if ~$50 is a significant sum for you and you have the spare time, getting a hearing can't hurt.

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