If he pays the ticket, his insurance will increase. He should hire a lawyer. His probation should not be affected either way.
I agree with the previous answer. I traffic infraction is not typically a probation violation as it is not a criminal matter. He most certainly should NOT simply pay the ticket. What he needs to do will depend on his driving record over the previous three year period, but he has options other than simply paying the ticket. If he has a clean driving record, he may be able to speak with the DA personally and have the charge reduced. However, if there is anything on his record in the previous three years, I would advise him to hire a traffic attorney to assist him. Good luck.
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Depending on what county he was in, he may be able to get an improper equipment - which carries no points. Do not just pay it off.