Go to court and fight the ticket. If you were unable to move over safely you are suppose to slow down. If you did that, you may win the case. Take any witnesses you may have to the ticket. Court costs are usually $100-$200.00 on traffic offenses. It is the city, county or states way of sticking it to tax payers to fund programs and new buildings.
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Such fine is possible. Use every legal avenue available to contest the ticket. Find a good local traffic attorney and discuss the options with that professional in person. Most of us usually provide a brief review pro bono.
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Yes, this is an accurate statement that court costs for traffic violations are now in excess of $200 per ticket and are generally in the $220-$240 range in the state. The clerk of the court for Macon County is Mr. David Love and his assistant is Ms. McDaniel. Both are very helpful and will give you accurate information. If you have any questions, then I would call Mr. Love or Ms. McDaniel for more information.
The reason why court costs have increased significantly is during the 2012 legislative session, the circuit clerks of court and circuit judges petitioned the state legislature to increase court costs to allow the courts to remain and in-business year around. There was a projected 20-30% shortfall in general fund funding for the state court system in 2012-2013 if the court costs had not been substantially increased. [FYI: There are approximately 1.4 million traffic tickets issued yearly by law enforcement officers in the state of Alabama. With a projected 70% compliance rate (payment to the court), the "business" of traffic tickets is a multi-million dollar revenue production for the state of Alabama.]