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What are Utah Traffic Tickets?

A Utah traffic ticket is an official notice issued to violators of traffic laws within the state. Traffic tickets can be issued by Utah highway patrol, the county Sheriff’s offices, and municipal Police Departments. A traffic ticket typically contains the offender’s name, address, license number, and nature of the violation. Information regarding traffic tickets is processed and maintained by law enforcement agencies, the District Courts, and Justice Courts.

Records that are considered public may also be accessible from some third-party websites. These websites often make searching simpler, as they are not limited by geographic location, and search engines on these sites may help when starting a search for a specific or multiple records. To begin using such a search engine on a third-party or government website, interested parties usually must provide:

  • The name of the person involved in the record, unless said person is a juvenile
  • The location or assumed location of the record or person involved. This includes information such as the city, county, or state that person resides in or was accused in.

Third-party sites are independent from government sources, and are not sponsored by these government agencies. Because of this, record availability on third-party sites may vary.

What Does a Traffic Citation Mean?

A traffic ticket and a traffic citation mean the same thing in Utah. A traffic citation provides information about the name and location of the court deciding the traffic violation case, the deadline within which the fine must be paid, or when the offender should make a court appearance. It also gives directions on how to respond to the ticket. Citations provide the statutes or code number of the traffic violation for which the individual is being charged. The Utah code online interprets this traffic code accordingly.

How Do I Pay a Traffic Ticket in Utah?

The type of traffic tickets issued determines the mode of payments. For minor offenses, that is, infractions, payments may be made online or by mail to the District Court, or Justice Court cited in the ticket. On the other hand, more serious traffic offenses often mandate the ticketed individuals to appear in court personally to pay the fine. The Uniform Fine Schedule contains information about offenses that requires a compulsory appearance in court. Not all courts in the state use the online e-payment system. Therefore, contact the court of interest to discuss payment options. The citation number or court case number must be known to pay a ticket fine online. Note that case numbers are unique for individual court locations. Persons who cannot afford all or some of the fines can request that the court allocate community service in replacement. The court credits community service at $10 per hour. To request community service, contact the court to make an appearance before the judge. Note that opting to pay a fine may be interpreted as an admission of guilt. When a party pays the fine, the court closes the case and reports the conviction to the Driver’s Licence Office of Utah’s Public Safety Department. The conviction is awarded points based on the nature of the offense. An accumulation of points can lead to rising insurance rates and, eventually, the loss of driving privileges within the state. Points on a driving record also reflect negatively on the criminal history of such individuals.

Can You Pay Utah Traffic Tickets Online?

Yes, Utah traffic tickets for minor infractions are allowed to be paid using the Court E-payment system. Not all courts use the central e-payment system. Therefore contact the court of interest to confirm if they accept such payments. Also, fines of more serious traffic violations can be paid online or remotely. However, by opting to fight a traffic ticket, the offender may be relieved of paying the fine.

How do I Pay a Ticket online in Utah?

The first step is to determine if the court location stated in the ticket except for e-payments. Use the Utah Courts Directory to retrieve the contact details of the court. If the court accepts e-payments, the next step is to visit the e-payment page of Utah courts. Note that District Courts often receive payments for the Utah Highway Patrol tickets, while Justice Courts receive payments for the county or municipal authorities. Use the citation number or court case number to locate the citation. Next, verify the name on the case to ensure that payment is posted to the correct information. Complete the transaction using credit cards or electronic checks. When the payment is complete, the status of the tickets is updated as paid. The offender is notified promptly by mail.

What is the Utah Traffic Ticketing System?

The Utah Division of Motor Vehicles is in charge of handling the traffic ticketing system of the states. In general, an accumulation of 200 points within three years results in the suspension of an individual’s driving license. The least number of points awarded to a traffic violation is 35 points, which is for the minimum speeding ticket. Others are:

  • Reckless driving 80 points
  • Failure to yield the right-of-way 60 points
  • Driving too closely to another car 60 points
  • Driving on the wrong lane 60 points
  • Driving contrary on a one-way route 60 points
  • Running a red light or a stop signal 50 points each
  • Improper lookout 50 points
  • Improper passing 50 points
  • Collisions due to negligence 50 points

Other minor infractions incur 40 points. Drivers under 21 years of age face stiffer penalties by having their license suspended after 70 points. More serious traffic offenses such as drunk driving or driving while intoxicated and not awarded points. Instead, a mandatory suspension or revocation of license is served drunk drivers or persons driving while intoxicated. In some cases, a jail term is added to the penalty. The point system allows persons who have driven one full year without a moving traffic violation to remove half of their points. After two years of safe driving, individuals are eligible to have their points erased. Fifty points can be removed if the offender completes a driver improvement course recommended by The Division Hearing Officer. Persons who have driven for three years without a violation will have all points on their driving record deleted.

How Do I Know if I Have a Traffic Ticket in Utah?

In most cases, when the patrolling officer stops the traffic offender, a ticket is issued. However, speeding violations may be tracked by technology using the UDOT Road Surveillance System. Such violations are captured in the camera, and the patrol officers use the vehicle registration details in the database to forward a speeding ticket to the offender’s email. There are times when the driver of the vehicle is not the owner of the vehicle. Upon receiving the ticket, report identity theft to the Division of Motor Vehicles.

How Can I Find a Lost Traffic Ticket in Utah?

Lost tickets can be recovered by contacting the law enforcement agency that issued it. For tickets issued by Utah Highway Patrol, contact the UHP local office nearest to where it was issued. For city or county citations, visit the city or county page, respectively, on the state website. Then, search for a link that leads to the police department or sheriff’s department.

How Long Does a Traffic Ticket Stay on Your Record in Utah?

A traffic ticket stays on an offenders driving record in Utah as long as there are repeat traffic violations within 12 months. Driving a year without any traffic offense leads to the reduction of points by half. By the third year, all points should have been removed if a clean record is sustained. However, the convictions remain because they serve as the basis for stiffer penalties in repeat offenses. Driving under the influence (DUI) remains on the driving record indefinitely.

Is a Summons Worse Than a Ticket in Utah?

A summons requires the offender to respond within a period or make an appearance for a court hearing. The term summons is not commonly used in traffic ticket matters. However, an equivalent of a summons in a traffic citation implies that the offender must make a mandatory court appearance. When this happens, it could interpret that the traffic violation belongs to the category of serious traffic violations, such as drunk driving. Most of the time, the penalties of the offense, if found guilty, may be stiffer than the regular fines.

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