Traffic tickets are issued by traffic officers and a violation may be considered by any traffic agency to be a traffic violation. So long as a traffic violation is not being paid, it is considered an infraction and is subject to a fine. If the fine is paid, however, the violation becomes a ticket. There are penalties for the violation, depending on the type of violation and the size of the fine that is being paid.
Some of the common infractions are running a red light, careless driving, driving on the shoulder, driving while intoxicated, improper passing too close, and stopping without signaling. Violations of these may result in traffic violations and infractions. However, the fine is only based on the violation. These fines are not typically paid. However, if the infraction is something that the person needs to pay money to correct, then the fine is subject to mandatory payment requirements.
Failure to pay a fine is a form of infraction and it carries the same penalties as failing to comply with a traffic law. Therefore, if the traffic agency has a choice, they will try to use a combination of reasons to have someone pay their fine or face more traffic violations. The traffic agency’s goal is to have someone pay their ticket.
For a person who fails to pay the traffic violations, they may be subject to more fines and even receive a penalty and vehicle seizure. By default, any violations that are non-refundable may result in a default judgment.
Generally, this default judgment is obtained by proving that the infraction was not paid before the court’s decision is rendered. For a fine, the court may order the defendant to pay an amount that is equal to the maximum fine that was issued for the infraction. However, if the defendant does not pay, they will be subject to a garnishment.
Garnishment is a form of payment, often used in the event that the defendant has no means to pay their fine. In this case, the court may order the defendant to pay a specified percentage of the fine every month until the fine is paid in full. There are times when the defendant can pay the full amount of the fine before garnishment is used. The defendant will generally pay whatever portion of the fine is left after garnishment.
Despite being considered traffic violators, individuals who are unable to pay their fines are not required to appear in court. They may only be ordered to appear in writing. At this point, the court will issue a judicial traffic ticket which will have a fine printed on it.