Racing on a highway is one of the most serious traffic offenses that you can receive a ticket for in NJ.
It carries extremely serious penalties and will forever stain your driving record.
The State clamps down on racing because it views the activity as extremely dangerous both to you and those around you.
Be sure to contact an experienced NJ traffic ticket attorney who can help you fight your ticket.
Racing Ticket Basics
According to NJSA 39:4-52, “No person shall operate a motor vehicle upon a public highway for a wager or in a race or for the purpose of making a speed record.”
It is important to know that racing does not automatically mean that you had to have been speeding.
Similarly, an officer might issue you two separate tickets for the same reckless behavior: one for racing and one for speeding.
If the officer is particularly annoyed by your behavior, he may even issue you a reckless driving ticket alongside the other two.
When it comes to racing, the biggest tip off is when two cars are traveling neck-and-neck together.
That alone––depending on the situation––might be enough for an officer to flag you down, pull you over, and give you a summons for racing in NJ.
Penalties for Racing in New Jersey
If you are caught racing in New Jersey and issued a traffic ticket, 5 points will go on your driving record.
Not only that, but you will also be fined up to $100 for a first offense and up to $200 for a second offense.
Additionally, your license could be suspended (at the discretion of the traffic court judge) and your auto insurance premium will soar through the roof.
For a racing ticket, you can easily be forced to shell out over $1,000 in out of pocket expenses while having your insurance company label you as a reckless driver.
Depending on the auto insurance carrier you have, they might drop you entirely due to the intensity of this violation.
Pleading guilty is simply not an option when so much is at stake, and trying to represent yourself is far too risky.
Be sure to contact an experienced traffic ticket attorney who can skillfully negotiate a favorable plea bargain or get your ticket dismissed.
Who Should You Contact
If you recently received a ticket for racing in New Jersey (NJSA 39:4-52), contact Michael Botton of The Botton Law Firm today at 732-894-3686. His team of trained NJ traffic ticket attorneys will fight to get your points and fines reduced while saving you from a license suspension and astronomical auto insurance hike.