As Halloween approaches, it is important for drivers to be extra diligent when watching for pedestrians, particularly in residential areas where children may be out trick-or-treating. It is all the more important that drivers not text or perform other activities that could be considered distracted driving.
Safety should be the No. 1 reason for not driving while distracted, but the financial implications are nothing to squawk at either. A distracted driving ticket can cost you up to $150 for a first offense. Here are some things you could have bought with that money:
- 1 giant inflatable dragon lawn decoration
- 2 gorilla costumes
- 3 Suicide Squad Joker costumes
- 4 ¼ gourmet pumpkin pies
- 6 bags of Halloween candy
- 10 Grungy witch hats
- 11 Jason Voorhees masks
- 15 Gothic makeup kits
- 21 sets of cat ears
- 35 four-packs of Scott toilet paper (not going to ask why you’re buying it)
- 37 ½ cans of colored hair spray
- 68 cartons of eggs (also not asking)
- 150 full-size Snickers bars.
In addition to the fine, a distracted driving ticket also carries 5 points. A second and third ticket within 18 months can cost up to $200 and $400 respectively, and drivers who accrue too many points will see their licenses suspended.
If you or someone you love has been ticketed for distracted driving, retaining a skilled attorney can help you avoid some of the serious consequences associated with the citation. The lawyers of the Rosenblum Law Firm are experienced traffic ticket attorneys with offices in New York and New Jersey. Email or call 888-203-2619 for a free consultation about your case.