Traffic ticket fines vary by county in Mississippi. This means a ticket for failing to yield in Issaquena County won’t cost the same for failing to yield in Chickasaw County. In addition, each county adds assessment fees, which vary as well. The exact fine amount will not be listed on your ticket. You must call the court on your ticket for the fine total. Assessments are added to all traffic violations. Assessment fees are used to fund county and state programs.
Traffic ticket convictions usually coincide with increased car insurance rates. If you find your premiums are becoming too high for your budget, shop around and compare car insurance rates from a variety of auto insurance providers.
Mississippi does not employ a points system. Thus, loss of driving privileges―suspended or revoked― is the most common type of penalty. Several factors come into play when determining a penalty’s severity, including driving record and license type (CDL, learner’s permit, etc.).
If the MS Department of Public Safety (DPS) takes away your driving privileges, it’s good to know the difference between a suspended and a revoked license:
Suspended License―This means your MS driver’s license has been temporarily removed. Reinstatement, in most cases, requires paying a $100 fee.
Revoked License― This means your Mississippi driver’s license has been terminated for an extended period of time, usually for at least one year.
Driving offenses resulting in a suspended license include:
- You have been involved in an accident resulting in the death or injury of another person or resulting in significant property damage
- Frequent convictions of serious traffic violations
- You are deemed a habitually reckless or negligent driver.
Driving offenses resulting in a mandatory 1 year revocation for a first offense are:
- Failing to stop and render aid following an accident causing injury or death.
- Being convicted of any felony in which a motor vehicle was used.
- Being convicted of manslaughter or negligent homicide resulting from an accident caused by you.
This information was provided by the DMV from their website www.dmv.org.
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