You wake up late, having slept through your alarm. You can’t miss this class. You get dressed, jump in your car and start speeding toward campus. Halfway there, the flashing lights come on behind you. You pull to the side of the road, trying to remember what the speed limit is and how fast you were going.
This is a common issue for college students. After all, young drivers do tend to speed more often than older drivers. Also, being late for class or work is one of the most common reasons for speeding.
Colleges do not offer a lot of forgiveness. In high school, a teacher may work with you to get you the information from the lesson at a later date or to help you make up the test on your own time. In college, the professor is likely to just tell you that you shouldn’t have slept in. You could fail the course completely and it may take thousands of dollars — not to mention four months of your life — to retake it. Rushing to get there on time seems like your only option.
Plus, you probably agree that you shouldn’t have slept in. You certainly didn’t plan to. But, by the time it had happened, it was already too late. With so much on the line, did you really feel like you had an alternative at that point?
Of course, for college students, speeding tickets represent a serious financial hurdle. You may not even be working, and now you have to come up with hundreds of dollars. Be sure you know exactly what legal options you have should you choose to fight the ticket.