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Are speeding tickets a business expense?

I received a speeding ticket in the mail last week.  I would have liked to pretend it wasn't me but there were pictures of my bright red car from different angles and a close-up of the license plate.  I was going 46 in a 35 mile per hour zone.  My penalty - 40 bucks!  I cannot begin to tell you how much shopping I could do with $40.  It happened in the northbound lanes of New Hampshire Ave - I still can't quite figure out where.  Then I began to feel nervous, if I don't know where this happened could there be more tickets in the mail?  Today my worst fear was realized when once again a ticket arrived, same spot, this time I was going 50mph.  Another $40 fine.  Do you think these count as a business expense?  After all I was likely hustling to an appointment.  :-)  

Montgomery County is doing well on, this brings my total to 4 speeding tickets by mail in the past year.  I pray that other local jurisdictions do not adopt these dreaded speed cameras.

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Comment balloon 31 commentsDr. Stacey-Ann Baugh • May 11 2009 08:07PM

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Be glad you don't live in Alabama.  I don't think any ticket is as low as $40.  Most are over $100.  Ours  don't come in the mail.  We get stopped, which puts us further behind schedule.

Posted by Renee L. Norton about 9 years ago

Stacey, I better watch out on New Hampshire Avenue!  Who knew? 

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Stacey-Ann, with 4 speeding tickets here, your insurance would become unaffordable.
Slow DOWN. :)

And no, they're not a business expense. :)

Posted by Sylvie Conde, Broker, Toronto Real Estate (Sutton Group-Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

You better start using cruise control or you won't be able to afford your insurance

Posted by Terri Onigkeit, GRI (Keller Williams of Northern Colorado) about 9 years ago

I hate the idea of tickets in the mail. There are some areas in Myrtle Beach, SC with cameras but I have somehow avoided getting ticketed through the mail. I have had to make a real effort to watch my speed cause I am on the road all day.

Posted by Matt McLaughlin (The Pest Force) about 9 years ago

Renae - Definitely being stopped would make me really late :)

Patricia - I clearly didn't know before last week

Sylvie & Terri - these speed camera tickets don't impact your insurance 

Matt - I hate these tickets in the mail too.  Hopefully this is the last one

 

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) about 9 years ago

Not sure if the tax boys would say this counts -- might be worth asking.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) about 9 years ago

I guess the east coast is really big on getting you is you speed, I can't remember if it was when I was in Massachusetts or Pennsylvania, but they kept warning me to watch my speed because there are planes that track your speed.  Geez, seems like they try to get you from all angles!

~Chanda (no 'r') :)

Posted by Chanda Barrick, in referral (Keller Williams Indy Metro Northeast) about 9 years ago

Newly installed cameras in my area.  Just on a few traffic lights to start with.  Move to TN, we are to poor for cameras. 

Be careful.  Slow down and you can go shopping (you'll have some money).

Posted by Linda Lipscomb, 731-695-1118, Lexington TN Homes (Linda Lipscomb RE/MAX Lexington Henderson County TN) about 9 years ago

Geez, someone needs to slow down.  Start scheduling enough time to get where you need to get so you don't get another one.

Posted by Angelia Garcia (Pure Realtors) about 9 years ago

I would say it's definitely a write-off as it's always business when you're in your car!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 9 years ago

Wow 4 of them! I have never even had a parking ticket! I think I would be more concerned about your insurance rates going up!! Drive Safe!!

Posted by Judy Schneider (eXp Realty) about 9 years ago

Bob & Carolin - i'm pretty sure they don't count

Chanda - i've seen those signs saying speed monitored by aircraft.  I have never gotten one of those tickets though

Linda - its because Montgomery County was broke why they've installed them.  Think about how much money they are making.

Angelica - its not really about running late.  Usually these cameras are located in places where the speed limit changed (like from 45 to 35).

Donna - it should be.

Judy - Believe it or not, before these tickets in the mail I had never received any ticket before.  These tickets have caught lots of people around here.  Luckily they don't add points to your license so they don't impact your insurance.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) about 9 years ago

That ticket in our state would cost you closer to $100, and after the 3rd you would not have had a license.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) about 9 years ago

Hi Stacey-Ann ~ I used to think that parking tickets should be deductible - they're a hazard of the job after all.  I used to pay them in batches for $100s at a time and got a "boot" twice.  I've finally cleaned up my act and rarely get one.

Liz

Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) about 9 years ago

I got one and its $185 for going 35 in a 25. You guys are very cheap in a rich state. Hitting someone with this size ticket is a shame. Our legislature is voting on a bill to outlaw cameras. Jefferson Parish has 12 million in escrow awaiting a suit filed. Here its just another way to tax the citizens.

Posted by Eric Bouler, Listening to your Needs ( Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La.) about 9 years ago

I can't believe there are still $40 speeding tickets out there!   

Posted by Renee Marrs Caperton, Realtor - Corsicana Texas Real Estate (Marrs & Associates) about 9 years ago

Whats with all the speeding tickets late.y you, TLW, and me.  My fine was $125 so yall are lucky you aren't up here.  (And that was after they reduced it to a non-moving violation)

Posted by Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi, Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) about 9 years ago

The speeding tickets aren't deductible, but the driver you will have to pay for after you lose your license might be.

Posted by Tim Bradley, Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY (Contour Investment Properties) about 9 years ago

William - If I had been actually stopped by a cop the tickets would have been more.

Liz - luckily in the areas I work parking tickets are not much of a hazard

Eric - I agree, that is outrageous.  Its just revenue, nothing else.

Renee - only these speed camera tickets are $40

Paddy - how fast were you going?

Tim - even if the driver is my husband?

 

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) about 9 years ago

Quantity discount?  A Realtor without a driver's license is "deadmeat".  Time to slow down.

Posted by Tom Boos, Providing the very best of service to Sellers and (Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living) about 9 years ago

That was for the non moving violation they gave me instead but I was only going 15 above speed limit 45 in a 30 on a country road that should not have been posted that way IMHO.  don't get me started at least I did not get points on my license which can increase your insurance rates up here.  I really need tomove south!!!! 

Posted by Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi, Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) about 9 years ago

Wow $40 is cheap and 4 in one year.  Here you would have paid alot more than that and possibly be up for losing your license by now as well as a huge increase in insurance rates. 

   

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) about 9 years ago

In Stacey's defense our county of Maryland brought in over seven million dollars in revenue from these speed cameras in a matter of months. They recently voted to put the cameras in all of Maryland.

I've only received one ticket but it was from a "roving" camera on a major road into Washington DC. The camera is hidden in a panel van and moved from one location to another. The day I got the ticket I was keeping up with the traffic around me which was traveling about ten miles over the 25mph limit. The cameras have become kind of a joke because motorists know where most of them are located and slow down for the camera and speed up as soon as they pass.

Posted by Lynn Crawford, Staging DC & Maryland (A Different View) about 9 years ago

Tom - a bulk discount would be a good idea.

Paddy - I can't imagine what the ticket looked like originally, wow.

Debra - these speed camera tickets do not put points on the license or affect your insurance

Lynn - thanks for defending me.  I was beginning to feel hurt :-)  These cameras are all about making money.  I am rarely going faster than anyone else.  This particular one is located at a spot where the speed limit changed suddenly from 45 to 35.  I know I slow down now when I know where they are.  I guess the moral of the story is that they are putting new ones up all the time.  Anywhere the speed limit is 35 mph or lower - beware.

 

 

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) about 9 years ago

Wow that is really surprising that they just fine you and leave it at that.  Good for your license but bad for your pocketbook!  LOL

   

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) about 9 years ago

Debra - its just about revenue for the county.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) about 9 years ago

You hit the nail right on the head!

   

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) about 9 years ago

Oh my goodness Stacey-Ann  I just saw this post!  I hope you haven't had any more tickets since then!!  That little red car needs to avoid that street - for sure!

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) about 9 years ago

Mary - so far, no more tickets - thankfully.  I still haven't figured out exactly where on the street the camera is.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) about 9 years ago

Revenue and control. We are moving to a society in which every aspect of your life will be controlled and monitored.  Go to INFOWARS.com for real news and break out of the matrix

Posted by Paul about 8 years ago

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