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Is speeding a severe crime in Kentucky?

On Behalf of | May 23, 2023 | Car Accidents |

Kentucky laws take traffic offenses seriously because they could result in accidents, causing physical harm or death. Even so, the state addresses them based on multiple factors, such as the violation’s severity and the damages caused by the incident.

In Kentucky, speeding is a crime that could fall under traffic infractions, misdemeanors or felonies. The law would classify this traffic offense based on the following conditions:

  • Infraction: The offender drove from one to nine miles per hour over the speed limit.
  • Misdemeanor: The driver sped 10-19 miles per hour over the speed limit.
  • Felony: The speeding incident caused significant damages, including physical injuries or fatalities.

Still, sanctions for the violation might vary depending on the circumstances. Additionally, other details of the incident could escalate or reduce these violations.

They also use a point-based system that could impact the violator’s license status based on the offense. Sometimes, drivers could commit multiple infractions resulting in fines and increased insurance payments.

Speeding is a dangerous habit

Unfortunately, speeding is common because some drivers develop it as a habit over time. Other practices – such as distracted driving and failing to maintain enough stopping distance behind another vehicle – could also pose crash risks, especially in dangerous road conditions.

You might pick up these dangerous driving habits for many reasons. Still, you can only minimize the risks by practicing better road safety habits.

Fixing these problematic practices might take time. However, you should not wait until authorities stop and charge you for a violation. If they catch you speeding, you might face severe penalties for your offense, including license suspensions and jail time.