How far will Ohio go to prosecute an unpaid traffic ticket?

I found this out this morning from an Ohio Police Commander. I think it answers the question perfectly.

"Just got a speeding ticket in Ohio.

Court is scheduled on 9/11, but I move to California in 2 days.

I currently have an Ohio driver's license.

Shall I call and send a check, or can I just ignore it?

Will this appear on my driving record in California? (re:insurance price increase…)

Wow…some of the answers here. Anyway, I am a retired Ohio police commander with over 20 years experience.

Morally should you pay the ticket? Yes. You committed the offense and you should pay the fine.

Legally will anything happen to you in California if you don't pay the Ohio ticket? No.

First lets clarify what will happen. Yes it is true that when you fail to show up for court a bench warrant will be issued for the misdemeanor charge of speeding. Will you get arrested in California and sent back to Ohio for that warrant? Not in a million years. In Ohio under most misdemeanor warrants outside of sex offenses, there is a surrounding county rule or standard. If you have a warrant and are pulled over or contacted and are in or within a surrounding county of the issuing county, you would be arrested and sent back to that county.

Certainly for a misdemeanor speeding ticket, no state outside of Ohio would arrest, detain and expect Ohio to go through the high expense of actually extraditing you back to Ohio. It just simply would not be done for a minor traffic charge no matter what the other answers may say. Even if the warrant showed up in California through NCIC, the most that would be done is that you would be advised that you do indeed have a warrant in that county in Ohio.

Now, if this is the only ticket you have, odds are your Ohio License would not be suspended but it could be if you had other tickets. California is NOT in the compact agreement with Ohio like Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Illinois are. This means not paying a ticket in Ohio will not affect you being able to get a California license which you will be required to get. However if you choose not to get one and your Ohio license is or gets suspended, you would be cited and could get arrested for driving without a license. Your insurance carrier is not likely to know there is a warrant but would probably see the pending speeding charge on your driving record, which could affect your rates. You would NOT get extradited back to Ohio for the minor traffic warrant.

I would however just pay the ticket so there wouldn't be any type of insurance issues. Hope this clears up your concerns."