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Insurance Question from Rock Hill, MO

Asked on 08/15/2018

Do all insurance companies find out moving violations (speeding ticket)? Speeding ticket for doing 42 in a 20 (school zone. concerned about increase in insurance. Only violation ever. 54 year old women

Answer given on August 20, 2018

Usually the auto insurance company will run a check on your driving record every year.  Once you are convicted of the speeding ticket, it will appear on your driving record. At that time, the insurance company will increase your rates at the next renewal.  They cannot increase your rates in the middle of the term.  If your policy is for a six month term, they must use the annual renewal time to make any increase.

Each insurance company is different as to how they charge for the ticket. If it is considered a minor infraction it is usually just one point. This will increase your rates. However, some companies consider speeding in a school zone, and/or going over 20 mph over the posted speed limit, as a major infraction. This could result in a much larger premium increase, as you could lose your good driver discount.

If possible, you should go to traffic school to keep the ticket off of your record.  If you do this, the ticket will not show on your driving record.


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