Speeding No No’s
Speeding is one of the top most common moving violations. Speeding will cause you to incur points to your license, pay costly fines, may cause your license to be suspended or revoked or in some cases even land you in jail.
Points: Here’s the breakdown of how many points you usually get on your driving record for speeding in NY, based upon how many miles per hour above the limit you are driving:
Fines and penalties (based upon first time conviction in a Town or Village court):
(Jail is quite rare in speeding cases, but not unheard of, particularly with very high speeds.)
Speeding in a work zone: When you speed in a work zone, a portion of the fine is doubled for the total of an additional $93 above the price listed above. A second conviction for a work zone speed results in a license suspension. The points assessed are based on the respective speed as listed above.
Speeding in a school zone: It takes 3 speeding in a school zone charges (or any other 3 speeding charges) to be suspended and the points assessed for speeding in a school zone are based on the speed as listed above. Both the minimum and maximum fines amounts are higher as follows:
Inappropriate (but nonspecific) speed with special hazards: $138 to $243 and up to 15 days of jail time. 3 points will be assessed.
How to lower the points on your license: There are generally two options to reduce your points; fight the ticket, or take a defensive driving course. If you choose to take The Point & Insurance Reduction Program (PIRP) course, you can reduce up to 4 points. You can only reduce those points that were incurred within the previous 18 months. You cannot reduce your points below zero to be used as ‘credit ‘towards future points. Nevertheless, the points are not completely “erased”, and can still be held against you for certain purposes. If the charge is reduced or dismissed you will not receive the original amount of points as on charges which you are convicted of are considered.
Is it possible to get a speeding ticket when driving below the posted speed limit: As a general rule, you need to drive safely and follow the flow of traffic but that will not always prevent you from getting a speeding ticket. In some cases you may get a speeding ticket even if you were driving under the limit, if in the judgment of the police officer you were driving faster than what was reasonable under the present conditions .
Some examples are;
Defensives: There are a number of defenses against speeding charges however we will not explain on this website all of the defenses an attorney may preform. “Everybody else was also speeding” is not a defense against a speeding charge.
Other consequences of speeding: In addition to points, fines and possible jail time, there are other consequences that may come your way when speeding:
Conclusion: Cracking down on speeding is one of the basic ways that society attempts to keep the roads safe. Insurance companies, to a great degree measure the risk of a driver based on speeding and other driving stats. Speeding can be very costly between fines, assessments and insurance increases.
If you’ve been caught speeding, you may want to consider reaching out to a competent NY traffic attorney who can help you fight that ticket and keep your driving record as clean as possible.