Getting a speeding ticket is no fun, that’s for sure, because it not only lightens your wallet but takes up valuable time as well. Plus, in states like California, it can lead to long lasting problems like points and traffic school.
Speeding tickets can vary in price and in certain areas will result in hundreds of dollars in fines for a minuscule violation. For example, in Atlanta, going a mere ten mph over the posted speed limit can result in $400 in fines.
Litigation is one aspect of life that has yet to be solved by smartphone technology. This is mainly because of the large number of people involved and that it is considered a government issue. It can be scary to think that a state matter such as a citation is trusted to be solved by a college boy’s app.
A new startup called TIKD, which was launched in February, is an app dedicated to helping you fight your speeding ticket. At first sight, this app would make anyone skeptical but upon closer scrutiny, it could be a helpful little download to your phone.
What they do
Basically, if you do any mobile banking then you have enough expertise to use the app. The simple steps of the process include typing in your offense, the fee, and then just snap a picture of your ticket to set the wheels in motion.
From there, TIKD hires local lawyers to do all the research on the ticket issuers background, the judges likelihood of leniency, and they even go to court in your stead. Forget the convenience aspect, because this is great for those with busy schedules or those with limiting handicaps.
They are fully insured, so if they for some reason fail in “getting you off” they will pay the ticket in full so there is zero chance of them emailing you with a sorry and an added fee. If a conviction does result in points on your driving record, then they will refund your payment for their service.
If you don’t feel like being a rebel and just want to pay the ticket, then you have an option for that as well. In addition, they have made that easier as well by giving you a payment plan in which you pay half now and the rest over the next two months; they charge a 10% service fee.
What they won’t do
The CEO is Chris Riley and he came up with this idea when he was cited for going a mere ten miles over the limit and was taken aback because the fine was identical to that of speeding in a school zone or drag racing.
“These aren’t people doing overtly unsafe things,” Riley said in an interview with CNN, “No DUIs or people drag racing or going 30 mph over the speed limit. [It’s] everyday mistakes that people make.”
TIKD won’t blindly help everyone though, because unwinnable court cases would eventually put their revenue in the red. The reason they can offer this service is that the difference between what a customer pays TIKD and what it pays lawyers and the courts puts them in the black.
TIKD will not accept any cases in which there is alcohol involved or if anyone is injured like doing ten over the limit AND hitting someone’s dog (or son). Additionally, minors are off limits as well because those instances are often much more convoluted.
Currently, TIKD is only available in Atlanta, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and some areas in Maryland and Florida. Those lucky enough to be in New York can dispute speeding and parking tickets.