Thanksgiving week is one of the busiest travel holidays of the year with approximately 90 percent of people traveling by car. Driving into Las Vegas from out-of-state and partaking in the endless entertainment and festivities the city has to offer means a good deal of driving and parking in a city that is likely unfamiliar to you and potentially confusing. Speed limits and parking situations may be confusing and frustrating.
It puts a damper on your vacation when you receive a ticket. It takes time out of your vacation to figure out – what to do, where to go, and most importantly, do you even have to pay it. You may just decide that you are going to ignore your ticket, thinking that it doesn’t really matter since you are from out-of-state.
The easiest way to take care of your tickets in Las Vegas is to call Ticket Busters. You can handle your ticket in Las Vegas without having to travel back to the State of Nevada. Our attorneys handle everything for you from the comfort of your home state.
Read on to learn how to respond to out-of-state parking and speeding tickets!
There are parking garages everywhere on the Las Vegas Strip, but if you are venturing off the strip and parking on the street or in some of the city’s self-pay parking lots, you may not be familiar with the laws resulting in your failure to follow them properly. According to research from CarRentals.com, “A single parking ticket offense ranges from $60–$240 depending on the rule broken and city.”
There are 3 options when it comes to paying a parking ticket:
- Pay the ticket.
Pay your ticket right away. Typically the fine on your parking ticket will increase the longer the ticket goes unpaid.
- Fight the ticket.
If you believe that you were ticketed in error, it is ideal to obtain an attorney in order to represent you locally. This can help you avoid traveling back and forth between your home and Las Vegas. The cost savings in additional time and travel expenses make it ideal to hire Ticket Busters to handle your ticket for you.
- Ignore the ticket.
This is not advised, as ignoring your ticket will cause a gradual increase in the amount of the fine and penalties that you pay. At some point your unpaid parking tickets may result in authorities putting a “boot” on your car. This causes your vehicle to become immobilized. When you are from out-of-state, the possibility of getting a boot on your car may not concern you. However, there are other measures that can and will be taken that have an impact on more than your pocketbook. Your unpaid ticket will be sent to a collection agency and you could end up with negative marks on your credit and a blocked license or registration renewal. Damaging your credit score and fielding calls from collections are not worth it. Contacting a local Las Vegas ticket lawyer is the best way to handle your ticket and alleviate the stress that can be caused by ignoring your ticket.
Las Vegas is a fast-paced city, and you may be tempted to step on the gas. The fact is that driving faster than the legal speed limit is one of the most common and dangerous traffic violations in America, and the police are diligently patrolling for speeding violations.
There are 3 options when it comes to paying a speeding ticket:
- Pay the ticket.
The fastest way to deal with a speeding ticket in any state is by paying it. Pay your ticket right away to avoid late fees and increasing fines and worse.
- Fight the ticket.
Speeding is a more severe (and expensive) infraction than parking violations. You may choose to fight an out-of-state speeding ticket for the following reasons:
- To avoid getting more points on your license due to the effect they have on potential suspension of your license, which then can impact your ability to earn an income.
- Your job requires that your license is free of moving violations.
- Potential increase in insurance premiums.
Hiring a traffic attorney like the ones at Ticket Busters, who are in the jurisdiction where you received your ticket, will help ensure local laws are being acknowledged.
- Ignore the ticket.
This is not advised, as ignoring your ticket will cause many more unnecessary headaches and costly consequences. Your out-of-state speeding ticket can affect your license and your insurance and much more. The consequences of an unpaid speeding ticket in another state may include:
- Temporary loss of your license
- Increased car insurance costs
- Potential loss of your coverage by your car insurance company
- Significant increase in fines
- Even imprisonment
Seeking the assistance of attorneys like the ones at Ticket Busters who know the laws from traffic to criminal defense and can assist you in navigating the process that follows is the best way to protect yourself. Whether you have received a ticket for a common traffic violation like parking or speeding, or if you may be facing potentially severe charges associated with reckless driving or DUI, our team of attorneys and legal professionals are here to help our locals, as well as all of our out-of-state visitors.
As the time of year comes around and we embark on the holiday season, help keep you and your family stay safe by taking the following precautions set forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration while traveling in and out-of-state:
- Travel at a safe speed. Speed affects your safety even when you are driving at the speed limit, but too fast for road conditions, such as during bad weather, when a road is under repair, or in an area at night that isn’t well lit. For more than two decades, speeding has been involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities.
- Don’t drive distracted. Pay attention to the road. Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for at least 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. Teens are the largest age group reported as distracted at the time of fatal crashes.
- Wear a seatbelt and wear it properly. The simple act of buckling your seat belt increases your chance of surviving a crash. In 2017 alone, seat belts saved 14,955 lives. But if everyone had worn seat belts on every trip that year, 2,549 more lives could have been saved.
- Make sure children are buckled in the right seats for their ages and sizes. Since 1975, 11,606 children ages 4 and under have been saved by child restraints. There were 325 children saved in 2017 alone.
- Drive Sober. Designate a sober driver if you plan to drink. In 2017, there were 10,874 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drivers legally drunk. These deaths are 100-percent preventable.