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If you have received a traffic ticket in Putnam 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 Putnam 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 Putnam County Roadway Safety

Putnam County is located in NE Florida south of Jacksonville. The largest city and county seat is Palatka. Out of 67 Florida counties, Putnam County stands 39th in population and 35th in terms of land area.

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

  • When thinking of tourism in Florida, Putnam County doesn't usually come to mind but the abundance of prime hunting and fishing areas bring in large numbers of visitors from both inside and outside of Florida.
  • Most of Putnam 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, injuries and fatalities is on the rise in Putnam County.

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

Putnam County Crash Stats20112012Percent Change3-Year Avg.
Total Number of Motor Vehicle Crashes 740 867 +17.16% 791
Fatalities 17 22 +29.41% 20
Injuries 710 715 +0.70% 752
Alcohol Related 85 70 -17.65% 89
Alcohol Related Fatalities 10 11 +10.00% 11
Alcohol Related Injuries 46 30 -34.78% 45

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