- Speeding (2 – 5 points, plus possible license suspension)
- Speeding in an Active Work Zone
- Speeding in a School Zone (3 points)
- Driving at Safe Speeds (2 points)
Points Reduced on Your Speeding Ticket - or Your Money Back.
Speeding tickets result in points on your license and could raise your insurance rates.
If you are cited for Speeding or a Speed-Related offense, you only have 10 days to respond to the local District Court to enter a plea. If you “just pay the fine to get it over with” you are pleading guilty and points will by assigned to your license by Penndot. We recommend that you follow the instructions on the citation and enter a plea of “Not Guilty”. You will then be mailed a notice from the Court with the hearing date. At this hearing, you can go to trial where the officer must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were travelling at a speed greater than the limit. Many times, the speed can be negotiated down to a lower speed, or perhaps even a non-moving violation so that the points are reduced, hopefully to zero points so that your license and insurance would not be affected.
There are several methods police use to calculate a motorist’s speed.
In Pennsylvania, only the State Police are permitted to use Radar. Local police departments are required to use other means to record a vehicle’s speed. In court, the officer must bring proof that the radar unit was tested for accuracy and certified.
- Vascar / Accutrak
This is the most common means to record a motorist’s speed and is commonly known as a “Speed Trap.” In this method, there are 2 premeasured painted lines on the roadway and the officer times the vehicle from the first line to the second line to calculate the speed. This method is very subjective and is subject to human error.
Enradd is a relatively new speed timing device in Pennsylvania in which the speed is calculated when the vehicle passes through 2 infrared beams across the roadway. The speed is then electronically sent to the police cruiser which is usually sitting nearby.
Pacing occurs when an officer follows a vehicle at the same rate of speed using the patrol vehicle’s speedometer. The vehicle must be filed for at least 3/10 of a mile and the officer must show in court that the vehicle’s speedometer was tested for accuracy.
If you are convicted of Speeding, points will be added to your license based on the speed the officer calculated.
- 2 points: 6-10 mph over the limit
- 3 points: 11-15 mph over the limit
- 4 points: 16-25 mph over limit
- 5 point major violation: 26+ mph over the limit.
A conviction for 31 mph+ over the limit, you will be required to attend a PennDOT hearing to determine if your license will be suspended for excessive speeding.Additional Speeding-Related Offenses
Speeding in an Active Work Zone - If convicted of this offense and the speed is greater than 11 mph over the posted limit, there will be a mandatory 15 day license suspension.
If you are cited for Speeding in a Work Zone, do NOT just pay the fine and plead guilty. Doing so can result in points and a possible suspension of your license if you are cited going 11mph or more over the limit. Call the attorneys at Ellis B. Klein & Associates for a free consultation. 99% of the traffic cases we handle result in a substantial reduction.
Work Zone Cameras
In early 2020, Pennsylvania began monitoring speeds in work zones with cameras, similar to "Red-Light cameras." Speeds are timed electronically, photos are taken of the offender's license plate and the vehicle owner will receive a citation in the mail.
If you are cited for speeding in a work zone by a camera and receive a citation in the mail, there is a warning mailed for a first offense. For a second work zone camera violation, the penalty is $75 for a second offense, and $150 for a third or subsequent offense. There are no points associated with a Work Zone Camera citation.
Speeding in a School Zone is a 3 point moving violation and could carry a mandatory 60 day license suspension for a 2nd or subsequent conviction. The speed limit in a school zone is set by law at 15 mph and the school zone must be posted with signs at the beginning and end of the school zone.
Driving a Vehicle at Safe Speeds is a 2 point moving violation. This law is commonly referred to a Driving Too Fast for Conditions. In order to prove this violation, the officer must prove that the motorist did not drive at a “reasonable and prudent” speed under the conditions. It is a subjective standard and is not based on any specific speed.
This citation is typically issued in 3 situations. The most common situation is when a crash occurs from behind and the striking vehicle was unable to stop in time to avoid the crash. The second situation can occur if the officer believes that the vehicle is speeding, but is unable to obtain, or “clock” the actual speed of the vehicle. The third situation would occur during inclement weather such as rain or snow with the officer believing that the vehicle was not being driven in a “reasonable and prudent” manner.
“I ALREADY PAID THE FINE AND WAS FOUND GUILTY”. If you already paid the fine or if you were found guilty in traffic court, you have 30 days to appeal the case to the Court of Common Pleas in the county courthouse. You will then be given a “trial de novo” which means you get a whole new trial as if the traffic court decision never occurred. If the citation carries points, then the points will temporarily be added to your license, and if you are successful in reducing points in the appeal, then Penndot will amend your record after the appeal hearing.
If you are cited with any type of moving violation you should follow the instructions on the ticket and plead Not Guilty as convictions lead to points on your license, increased insurance premiums and possible license suspensions. You only have 10 days to enter a plea of either guilty or not guilty and failure enter a plea within 10 days can lead to an automatic license suspension.
The attorneys at Ellis B. Klein & Associates have a 99% success rate in reducing points on most moving violations. If we are unable to reduce the points on your moving violation then we will refund your fee in full. Call us BEFORE paying the fine.Speeding Reviews from Former Clients
*Source: Avvo.com Client Reviews
Posted by Felix
I received a speeding ticket in my town, going 19 above the limit. As my license IS my job I decided to get a lawyer, found Ellis and let me tell you it was money very well spent. Not only he was very professional and courteous, he got my entire violation dismissed. Hopefully, I will never need his services again but if I will, that will 110% be Ellis Klein. Thank you, sir!!!
“5 points + PENNDOT hearing reduced to zero points!!!”
Posted by Stephen
Ellis reduced my citation (75mph in a 40mph zone) from five points and a departmental hearing, plus possible license suspension to a zero point, non-moving violation!! He guaranteed a reduction in points or my money back! I couldn't be happier with the outcome!
“Very Happy Client”
Posted by Brian
Attorney Ellis Klein recently handled my case which involved a serious vehicle moving violation. The speed that I was accused of was very high. I risked 5 points on my insurance as well as a likely driver license suspension for excessive speed. Ellis was able to convince the Judge to reduce my citation to a zero point, non-moving violation that does not get placed on my driving record. Outstanding work! Ellis and his entire team are efficient, professional, and results oriented. I would recommend him highly.