I’ve never had a ticket before and received one today for failure to stop at assured distance.
I was sitting at a stoplight with a vehicle in front of me. When the light turned green, I thought I saw the drivers break lights come off, so I started to move forward, until I looked again and they were red so I tried to stop but ended up rear ending the vehicle.
There was minor damage to the other persons vehicle and no damage to my vehicle.
The officer was very polite and cited me for failure to stop at assured distance. He told me I had to go to court for this. When I called my husband afterwords, he said he was worried for having to go to court and that I could loose my license.
Is this possible for my first offense of anything? Will the points stick on my driving record? Is the fine going to be really bad? I’ve never had to do anything like this before and am super nervous. Please help me!
Losing your license is very unlikely unless you have the record of a rogue. Iowa doesn't use points for situations like this. The fine could be a lot worse because, honestly, this is a fairly low level traffic offense.
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