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Speed limits increased in parts of North Carolina

Chances are that every person has driven over the speed limit at one time or another. The tendency to speed may increase on certain stretches of road. In North Carolina, drivers were frequently driving over the 55 mph limit on the Wade Avenue Extension. Until recently, many of those drivers were getting speeding tickets, even if they felt they were driving safely.

Recently, the Department of Transportation confirmed that drivers were able to drive at higher speeds on this road and stay safe. The road is wide and straight. There are no parked cars or pedestrians present and historically there have been relatively few crashes related to high speeds. The DOT has responded by increasing the posted speed limit from 55 to 60 mph.

Unfortunately, those who have received speeding tickets in the past will not be able to receive a refund if they paid for a citation received on this road. Additionally, receiving these kinds of tickets can affect future violations. Simply paying the fine for a speeding ticket is an admission of guilt. When a person does this, the next time he or she receives a ticket, insurance premiums can substantially increase and a person could lose driving privileges. A person who recently received a speeding ticket on the Wade Avenue Extension, who has not yet paid the fine, may be able to have the citation dismissed with legal assistance.

Even minor traffic violations can lead to major consequences. Minimizing points on a driver's license and keeping insurance rates as low as possible can save a person substantial amounts of money in the future.

Source: News Observer, "60 mph legal on Wade Avenue extension," Chris Seward, Feb. 16, 2012

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