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Should a speeding ticket be forgiven if limit rules change?

We would all like to be forgiven of our mistakes especially when they cost us money, but at some point you have to draw the line and hold people accountable for breaking the law. If you forgive in this instance you will likely have others who owe or have a ticket from before the speed limit was changed and they will want forgiveness too.

JoAnne A.

In my opinion, the citizens shall NOT be forgiven for infractions committed while the limits were lowered. Citizens shall always abide to what is posted. If citizens are not held accountable for their actions, they will continue to push the limits.

Thank you,

Luis B.


Gina M.

If the person was going 10mph over the posted speed limit, I will say no to the plea.

Scott E.

As long as changes are well marked as changes for a minimum of two weeks, I think tickets should not be forgiven. Also, a warning rather than a ticket during the two weeks of initial change. Thanks for asking.

Sheila B.

I think that if the infraction was minor and there are no other issues surrounding the traffic stop I would honor her request, Void the speeding infraction and issue a warning.

Also, if you are getting a lot of these requests to remove or reduce an infraction in this location for the same reason, I think it appropriate to pick a retroactive date and stick to it. After all how for back do you want to go? I think we should be held responsible for our actions and our police officers have the discretion to issue warnings for some of are actions.

Thanks for listening,

Bob H.

I think that they should have been abiding by the speed limit posted for the day of the infraction. If you let one get away with it you will asked to refund all speeding tickets that were given in the last 2 years! The law on the day of the infraction is the law. No do overs, they should have been following it. 

Most of us have had a ticket of some sort in our lifetime. We endure the consequences, as frustrating as they may be. The ticket applies to the rules at that time. I don't think there should be an exception.

Shelly C.


Absolutely not - the citizen broke the law at the time and should be responsible for the ticket. What kind of precedent would this set?

Slotoy L.


I am sorry, but the posted speed limit is what is enforced at the time the person was stopped. I do not think there should be a forgiveness program. If the person wants to contest the ticket in court, that is something the judge will consider.

Thank you

Diane C.


No forgiveness tickets and here is why: you would be telling our police officers they were wasting their time in giving speeding tickets.

Len S.


I am surprised that this “forgiveness of a ticket question” has ever been asked. The answer is absolutely not…if that was the legal speed limit at the time it occurred, then that is it. Nothing should ever be done retroactively because nothing was done incorrectly.

For further expansion: What if I bought an item on sale from a store and then on the next day, the price of the item was increase back to regular retail. Should I receive an adjusted bill from that store stating the sale price has gone back up to the regular retail price and they would like me to pay the higher price retroactively? I would think not – sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? Where do we draw the line on retro-changes? Enough said…

John W.

Maybe reducing the fine to be consistent with the higher speed limit will be better than forgiving the ticket entirely.

Jerry K.


My husband received a ticket after the speed limits had changed. Not only was it a total surprise, the sign was somewhat hidden by some tree leaves. We would love to see our money refunded.

Beth H.


The ticket needs to be paid. He knew what the speed limit was at the time and he's responsible for paying it. I can't believe an adult would even ask.

Sandy P.

The law is the law deal with it. Pay the fine and move on

Ronald G.


He should be forgiven for the ticket.

Linda H.

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