Getting cited for a traffic violation is an extremely common occurrence in New York state as speed limits and other VTL laws are strictly enforced along the Thruway I-87, Interstate I-90, and other highways and public thoroughfares in 518 counties. Albany and Columbia County are particularly stringent with their traffic enforcement, particularly along the Taconic State Parkway. Fines can be very grievous and points on your Driving History can not only increase your auto insurance prices, but make it all that more likely your next ticket results in a conviction. If you are ticketed for speeding, or any of the many possible violations of New York state Vehicle & Traffic law, you do have options available to help protect your license and save you time and money. To discuss the details of your case, contact us today.
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Part of the penalty issued for traffic violations includes the addition of points to a motorists driving record. Points can be reported to your auto insurance company, triggering increases in premiums paid. Accumulation of points can also trigger special assessment fees issued by New York state, including the Driver Safety Assessment fee, and driver’s license suspensions. Below is a table explaining various traffic violations and the points assigned when a conviction occurs. New York does provide for the elimination of up to 4 non-speed points when a driver completes a DMV certified Point Reduction Course.
Reckless Driving – 5 points
Failed to Stop for School Bus – 5 points
Followed too closely (tailgaiting) – 4 points
Inadequate Brakes (private car) – 4 points
Inadequate Brakes (employer’s vehicle) – 2 points
Failed to Yield Right-of-Way – 3 points
Disobeying Traffic Control Signal (Stop or Yield sign) – 3 points
Railroad Crossing Violation – 3 points
Improper Passing, Changing Lane Unsafely – 3 points
Driving Left of Center, in Wrong Direction – 3 points
Leaving Scene of Property Damage Incident – 3 points
Child Safety Restraint Violation – 3 points
1144 A Ambrose-Searles “Move-Over Act” – 3 points
Cell Phone Violation – 2 points
Texting While Driving – 2 points
Any Other Moving Violation – 2 points
What are Typical Fine Amounts for Tickets in 518 Counties?
Fines and surcharges are assessed with any traffic ticket conviction, even when a court agrees to reduce the case to a parking ticket (1201 A). New York Vehicle & Traffic Law gives local courts the power to assess fines within certain limits, and the fine amount you pay will usually depend on the particular court’s policies, your past driving history, and the original charge. To get a better idea of what to expect in your case, we will be posting some of our closed cases on our website NY Speeding Ticket Fines. There, you can view details of real traffic ticket cases handled in 518 courts.