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Getting a speeding ticket is not the end of the world, but it has more consequences than you might think. In Missouri, a 40-year-old driver who gets a speeding ticket will see their full coverage car insurance rate increase by an average of 18 percent. However, depending on your insurer, your rate might go up more or less. If you drive in Missouri, it is important to understand the laws around speeding tickets, including how much the fine costs and how much it could impact your car insurance rate. Bankrate’s insurance team can help.
How much is a speeding ticket in Missouri?
The cost of a speeding ticket in Missouri depends on how fast the driver was going over the posted speed limit. In general, a speeding ticket in Missouri will cost between $123-$232. Speeding in a construction zone or a school zone will raise the cost of the fine by $25.
In addition, Missouri uses a points system, where drivers collect points on their driver’s license based on certain offenses. Missouri drivers who accumulate eight or more points within 18 months will have their license suspended. For reference, a standard speeding ticket is usually three points.
How much does a speeding ticket increase your car insurance in Missouri?
On average, being convicted of a speeding ticket in Missouri will increase your rates by 18 percent, according to rates from Quadrant Information Services. The exact amount your insurance goes up will vary depending on several factors like who your insurer is, how much you were speeding, whether this is your first offense and how the road that you were speeding on is zoned. In Springfield, Missouri alone, there were 6,475 speeding citations issued in 2020.
|Full coverage rate before speeding ticket||Full coverage rate after speeding ticket||% increase|
How to lower your car insurance after a speeding ticket in Missouri
Drivers who get pulled over for speeding in Missouri will likely see their car insurance rate increase. Unfortunately, there is not much you can do to avoid getting a higher premium. However, there are several ways that you can potentially save money on your insurance after a speeding ticket.
Get quotes from other car insurance companies
Every car insurance company charges a different rate, regardless of your driving record. If you are paying too much for car insurance after a speeding ticket, consider getting new quotes from other companies to see if you can find a lower rate elsewhere. The table below includes several popular car insurance companies in Missouri and their average annual full coverage premiums before and after a speeding ticket conviction:
|Car insurance company||Average annual full coverage premium before speeding ticket||Average annual full coverage premium after speeding ticket||% increase|
|Alpha Insurance Group||$4,358||$4,876||12%|
|Auto Club Insurance Co||$2,122||$2,784||31%|
|Electric Insurance Company||$1,474||$1,574||7%|
|Virginia Farm Bureau||$1,549||$1,611||4%|
*Premiums are average annual full coverage premiums for 40-year-olds
When comparing car insurance providers, however, make sure to look at factors besides price. A good insurance company will also offer comprehensive coverage options, multiple discounts and positive reviews from current policyholders.
Improve your credit score
Credit scores have been shown to correlate to the likelihood of filing a claim based on actuarial data, and insurers typically consider credit history when determining rates. Having good credit should place your rate closer to the average premium, while having excellent credit may lower your rate and poor credit may raise it. So, in general, the higher your credit rating, the lower your premiums may be.
Bundle your policies
Car insurance companies in Missouri commonly offer a policy bundling discount for drivers who purchase their auto and home, renters or life insurance policy with the same carrier. If you currently have multiple insurance policies with different providers, consider bundling them to get a discount on the combined premium.
Other speeding ticket considerations
In addition to a fine and a higher car insurance rate, Missouri drivers who get a speeding ticket may face other consequences. For example, drivers who get pulled over going more than 25mph over the speed limit must attend traffic court. There is also a mandatory court requirement for drivers who cause an accident while they were speeding.
Frequently asked questions
The best car insurance company for drivers with speeding tickets varies. It depends on where the driver lives, how much they want to spend on coverage, what type of coverage they need and more. To find the best car insurance company, it is important to shop around and compare providers using your personal criteria.
The average cost of car insurance in Missouri is $1,943 per year for a full coverage policy and $490 per year for a minimum coverage policy. For comparison, the average rate in the U.S. is $2,014 per year for full coverage auto insurance and $622 for minimum coverage. However, every driver pays a unique rate based on personal rating factors like ZIP code, age, credit history, claim history and the type of car they drive.
Missouri’s car insurance laws state that every driver must carry at least 25/50/25 personal liability insurance and 25/50 uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. For more protection, insurance experts often encourage drivers to raise their coverage limits or purchase a full coverage policy, including collision and comprehensive coverage.
Bankrate utilizes Quadrant Information Services to analyze 2023 rates for ZIP codes and carriers in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Rates are weighted based on the population density in each geographic region. Quoted rates are based on a 40-year-old male and female driver with a clean driving record, good credit and the following full coverage limits:
- $100,000 bodily injury liability per person
- $300,000 bodily injury liability per accident
- $50,000 property damage liability per accident
- $100,000 uninsured motorist bodily injury per person
- $300,000 uninsured motorist bodily injury per accident
- $500 collision deductible
- $500 comprehensive deductible
To determine minimum coverage limits, Bankrate used minimum coverage that meets each state’s requirements. Our base profile drivers own a 2021 Toyota Camry, commute five days a week and drive 12,000 miles annually.
These are sample rates and should only be used for comparative purposes.
Incident: Rates were calculated by evaluating our base profile with the following incidents applied: clean record (base) and a single speeding ticket