Ignoring a traffic ticket in Massachusetts can have serious consequences.

Whether you're driving a car, riding a motorcycle or even riding a bicycle, it's important to understand the implications of not responding to a traffic citation within the required 20-day period.

Yep, there's a required 20-day period.

In Massachusetts, traffic tickets, also known by the fancier "civil motor vehicle citations," must be addressed within 20 days.

This means that you have two options: pay the fine in full or appeal the citation and request a hearing.

If you fail to respond within the given timeframe, you waive your right to a hearing and will be liable for additional late and release fees on top of the original fine.

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The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) will send you a letter notifying you of your default status if you do not respond to the citation within the 20 days. If you do not pay the fine and fees within 30 days of receiving the default notice, your driver's license or right to operate a motor vehicle will be suspended.

That's not a good look.

Tickets for Bicycle Riders in Massachusetts

It's important to note that the same ticketing procedure applies to bicycle traffic law violations as it does to motor vehicles under Massachusetts General Laws. If you receive a bicycle infraction ticket, you may be fined up to $20. Additionally, if you're under 18, police may confiscate your bicycle for up to 15 days.

Also, your city or town may have additional fines for bicycle violations, so it's crucial to familiarize yourself with local traffic laws and regulations.

Ignoring a traffic ticket in Massachusetts can lead to severe consequences, including late fees, license suspension, and even the confiscation of your bicycle. It's essential to respond to citations promptly and understand your rights and responsibilities as a driver or cyclist.

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