Speeding is a serious traffic violation in Oahu, Hawaii. With the island’s unique ecosystem and pedestrian-friendly culture, the local government enforces strict penalties to ensure the safety of all road users. Even those with years of driving experience should be aware of the consequences of excessive speeding, as they can be severe and impact one’s driving privileges, finances, professional licensure and legal standing.
#1: The criminal penalties are harsh
Fines for speeding in Oahu vary depending on how much you exceed the speed limit.
- One to ten over the posted limit. Speeds up to 10 mph over the limit can result in a fine of approximately $5 per mile over, plus a $57 base fine and other administrative fees.
- Eleven to twenty-nine of the limit. This is similar but with a $122 base fine.
- More than thirty over the posted speed limit. For excessive speeding, defined as 30 mph over the speed limit or driving over 80 mph, fines escalate significantly, and the driver receives a court summons.
It is important to note that excessive speeding is not just a traffic infraction in Oahu; it can be a criminal offense. In most cases, the state may consider a first-time excessive speeding offense a petty misdemeanor but repeat offenses within a 5-year period can lead to harsher penalties, including possible jail time.
#2: The charges can impact your driver’s license
Speeding tickets carry a point value, which can lead to the suspension of your driver’s license if accumulated. Excessive speeding can result in 6 points on your license, with 4 points leading to a possible suspension.
This can also result in an increase in your auto insurance rates, mandatory completion of a driver’s education course or community service. For those who face allegations of excessive speeding, there is also the potential for an arrest and vehicle impoundment at the scene.
#3: Negative impact on a professional license
Physicians, nurses, dentists, acupuncturists, veterinarians, and others who hold a professional license are held to a higher standard. The licensing board may frown upon the allegations. In some cases, allegations of criminal wrongdoing can lead to the suspension or revocation of your professional license.
Drivers who find themselves in this situation may be unsure of what to do next. It is important to explore your legal options before choosing a course of action. This can provide two benefits. First, it can help to better ensure you understand the full impact of each option. Second, the conversation may result in the realization that you have an opportunity to fight back. Defenses may be available. An attorney experienced in this niche area of criminal defense can review your case and discuss your options.