To Keep a Traffic Ticket From Going On Your Record, Overpay The Fine And Don’t Cash Any Refund Check-Fiction!



Summary of eRumor:

This emails says that if you get a traffic ticket, write a check for a little more than the amount of the fine.  When you receive a refund check for the difference, don’t cash it.  That’s because the traffic computers don’t regard your case as complete until all the paperwork is done and the accounts are balanced, so even though you got a ticket and paid it, that will not be put on your record, you’ll avoid the “points” that can go against you for insurance.

The Truth:

ccording to the National Motorist’s Association, ( this is a hoax.  NMA Spokesperson Eric Skrum tells, “We have had our members, activists, and lawyers look into this.  None have been able to find a place where this will work.”

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Subject: If You Get A Traffic Ticket

We discovered that this procedure works in every state. Read it and try it, you have nothing to lose but the points on your license.

This is how it works: If you get a speeding ticket or went through a red light or whatever the case may be, and you are going to get points on your license, then there is a method to ensure that you DO NOT get any points. When you get your fine, send in the check to pay for it and if the fine is say, $79, then make the check out for $82 or some small amount over the fine. The system will then have to send you back a check for the difference, but here is the trick!***DO NOT CASH THE REFUND CHECK!!!***Throw it away!! Points are not assessed to your license until all financial transactions are complete. If you do not cash the check, then the transactions are NOT complete. However, the system has gotten its money and is happy and will not bother you any more. This information came to our attention from an very reliable computer company that sets up the standard database used by each states’ DMV. Good luck and share this with all your friends and other family members, as well!!!