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  • Colorado Traffic Tickets By Comparison

    A look at how much traffic tickets cost in and around the Centennial State.

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    We all despise that tiny, terrible envelope tucked under our car’s wiper blade. But under former Libertarian presidential candidate Steve Kerbel’s Stop the Shakedowns proposal—currently gathering signatures for inclusion on Colorado’s 2018 ballot—city governments would no longer collect traffic fees. Instead, Coloradans would donate their fine to the charity of their choice. That might take some of the sting out of a $50 speeding ticket. Knowing what it costs elsewhere? Maybe, maybe not.

    Here’s a breakdown of other cities’ and states’ maddening (or gladdening) ticket fees.


    Speeding

    Colorado Springs: $10—$190
    Pueblo: $50—$125
    Fees depend on infraction severity; price ranges are for non–school zone and non–construction zone infractions, which are usually doubled.

    Running a Red Light

    Denver: $135
    Montrose: $110
    Pueblo: $100
    Aspen: $100

    Following Too Closely

    Jefferson County: $110
    Denver: $165

    Driving Without A Seat Belt

    Phoenix: $10
    Casper, Wyoming: $35
    Salt Lake City: $45
    Denver: $95

    Texting While Driving

    Utah: $100
    Colorado: $300 (Only applies to texters driving in a “careless and imprudent manner”)
    Arizona: $0 (There is no statewide ban on texting while driving in Arizona, but new drivers under 18 can be fined $75 if they commit the offense within their first six months.)
    New Mexico: $25

    Reckless Driving (First Offense)

    Colorado: Up to $300
    Kansas: Up to $500
    Nebraska: Up to $500
    Wyoming: Up to $750

    Parking At An Expired Meter

    Montrose: $10
    Boulder: $15
    Colorado Springs: $20
    Aspen: $30

    Not behind the wheel? You can still get hit with a ticket.
    Riding a bike on a sidewalk (Colorado Springs): $50
    Using a vehicle as a residence (Boulder): 
    $100
    Throwing snowballs at cars, people, or buildings (Aspen):
     $100

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