It can happen to anyone. You are driving along, not paying attention, and the next thing you know, there are the red and blue lights in your rearview mirror. The officer comes to your window and asks you if you know how fast you were going. Speeding is something that everyone in Minnesota, no matter how careful they are, does at one point or another. It is simple to accidentally go too far over the speed limit and end up with a ticket, but how long will that mistake haunt you?

According to Duluth News Tribune, it depends on the type and seriousness of your speeding ticket as to how long it stays on your driving record. A minor infraction, such as 10 mph over the posted speed limit will usually stay on your record for only five years. More severe speeds, such as 20 mph over the speed limit, will stay on your record for ten years.

Speeding is often seen as a harmless crime, but in reality, it is one of the leading causes for serious accidents. Speed reduces reaction time, increases stopping distance and decreases the amount of overall control you have on your vehicle. Higher speeds increase the chances of an accident, which is why they carry stiffer fines, penalties and stay on your record longer.

As you probably know, having a speeding ticket on your driving record will have an impact on your insurance rates. Until it comes off, your insurer can use it as a reason to charge you higher rates, which is why you should know how long it will stay on your record. This information is for education and is not legal advice.