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If you have received a traffic ticket in Polk County, Florida there are steps you must take within a short period of time to avoid going to court or getting points on your license.

Most first-time offense civil infractions such as speeding or running a red light can be handled outside of the court saving you time, money, and points on your driving record.

Review the back of your ticket to find out if your infraction qualifies and choose one of the options below before the deadline posted.

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Traffic Ticket Options for Polk County

  1. Attend Online Traffic School
    1. Your auto insurance rates CANNOT go up and your policy CANNOT be cancelled unless you were at fault in a crash.*
    2. NO POINTS will be added to your driver's license record.*
    3. Your Safe Driver status is maintained if applicable.
  2. Pay the Civil Penalty on the Citation
    1. Your case will be satisfied upon payment
    2. The charge will be entered on your driving record as a conviction
    3. POINTS WILL BE ASSESSED as applicable
  3. Plead Not Guilty
    1. Judge may adjudicate you guilty
      1. Points may be assessed
      2. Fines can go as high as $1,000
    2. Judge may require you to attend traffic school
    3. Insurance rates may go up
    4. Policy may be cancelled

To start your traffic school course, choose a course format below. All courses cover the same material and take the same amount of time to complete.

Information About Polk County Roadway Safety

Polk County is located in central Florida between Orlando and the Tampa Bay area. The largest city is Lakeland and the county seat is Bartow. Out of 67 Florida counties, Polk County stands 9th in population and 5th in terms of land area.

If you have received a ticket in Polk County you are probably pretty angry and upset but consider this:

  • Even though Polk County is mostly rural, more than half a million people live in the county.
  • Polk County is split by I-4, the main tourist thoroughfare between Orlando and Tampa Bay. Based on the number of traffic fatalities per mile, I-4 is considered to be the 3rd deadliest highway in the US.
  • Most of Polk County is rural with mostly two lane country roads. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found that two-lane country roads are the most dangerous highways in America.
  • According to NHTSA, only 19% of the US population lives in rural areas but rural traffic fatalities accounted for 55% of the total fatalities in 2011.
  • The number of traffic crashes and injuries is on the rise in Polk County.

Can you imagine what the traffic situation would be in Polk County if the traffic rules weren't enforced?

Polk County Crash Stats20112012Percent Change3-Year Avg.
Total Number of Motor Vehicle Crashes 5,133 6,624 +29.05% 5,908
Fatalities 93 88 -5.38% 89
Injuries 4,474 4,823 +7.80% 4,773
Alcohol Related 419 400 -4.53% 433
Alcohol Related Fatalities 30 20 -33.33% 26
Alcohol Related Injuries 203 186 -8.37% 194

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