If you received a New York speeding ticket, you are now facing hundreds of dollars worth of fines and surcharges, not to mention potential DMV penalties. Below is a list of speeding offenses ordered by their respective Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) Sections. You can identify the VTL section you’re facing by looking at your speeding ticket under the part that says “Section / Sub Section”. You can also take a look at your supporting deposition (if one was issued to you). If you are a Canadian resident who has received a speeding ticket in New York read our Speeding ticket FAQ for Quebec or Ontario drivers. Even if you live in a different state, you are still subject to the same penalties (including fines and license suspension) as a NY driver. In addition, if your state records violations from NY, you may end up with points on your home state driver’s license and/or increased auto insurance.
How Many Points is a New York Speeding Ticket?
In order to determine how many points are associated with your ticket, note how many miles per hour (mph) over the speed limit the officer said you were going. Then, use this table to determine the number of points you are facing.
New York Speeding Ticket Points
- Speeding 1-10 mph over the limit = 3 points
- Speeding 11-20 mph over the limit = 4 points
- Speeding 21-30 mph over the limit = 6 points
- Speeding 31-40 mph over the limit = 8 points
- Speeding 41 mph+ over the limit = 11 points
At 11 points the NY DMV will suspend your NY license or NY driving privileges (if you live out of state). Any points accumulated within a given 18 month period count towards suspension. If you have a CDL license or a Junior License, the penalties can be even more severe.
* For an attorney consult about your New York speeding ticket call 888-434-0406 for immediate assistance. *
How Much Will My New York Speeding Ticket Cost?
In addition to the DRA (where applicable), every speeding ticket carries a potential court fine and mandatory New York State surcharge. Use the table below to determine the fine associated with your ticket. Note that these fines are for first offenses. Each ticket carries a mandatory NYS Surcharge of $88 for a city court and $93 for a town or village court. If this is your second offense or greater, the range of potential fines is higher. The following are the fines for speeding tickets received anywhere in New York State except for New York City and Rochester (see below).
New York Speeding Ticket Fines
1180(a) Speed Not Reasonable and Prudent = $45-$150
1180(d), 1180(b) Speeding:
- 1-10 miles an hour over the speed limit = $45-$150
- 11-30 miles per hour over the speed limit = $90-$300
- 31+ miles per hour over the speed limit = $180-$600
1180(c) Speeding in a School Zone (7am-6pm on a school day):
- 1-10 miles an hour over the speed limit = $90-$300
- 11-30 miles per hour over the speed limit = $180-$600
- 31+ miles per hour over the speed limit = $360-$1200
1180(e) Failure to Reduce Speed (special hazards) = $45-$150
1180(f) Speeding in a Work Zone:
- 1-10 miles an hour over the speed limit = $90-$150
- 11-30 miles per hour over the speed limit = $180-$300
- 31+ miles per hour over the speed limit = $360-$600
Note that in the Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) the points are the same but the fine schedule is different. In addition, negotiating a settlement or reduction (known as a “plea bargain”) is not permitted (see below). The TVB handles traffic tickets in the following areas:
- NEW YORK CITY – All 5 Boroughs (click here for locations)
- CITY OF ROCHESTER (click here for location)
*If you receive 6 or more points you may be subject to an additional fine known as the Driver Responsibility Assessment (DRA). The DRA is a separate fine charged to you when you reach 6 points against your license in New York. At 6 points you will be fined $300 + $75 for each point over 6 points.
How Much Will My Auto Insurance Increase for a New York Speeding Ticket?
Simply put, auto insurance is all about risk. You pay an auto insurance premium so that if you get into an auto accident they will pay for the damage. An insurance adjuster’s job is to determine what your premium should be based on how likely they believe you are to get into an accident. The more New York traffic violations you have, the greater the risk and the higher the premium. If you rack up enough traffic tickets, your insurance company could even cancel your policy. Studies by sites such as InsuranceQuotes.com have concluded that your premium can go up as much as 22% for a single speeding ticket.
Should I Fight My Speeding Ticket or Plead Guilty and Pay the Fine?
In most cases, it is NOT a good idea to plead guilty to the charge. Police officers and prosecutors want you to plead guilty to speeding charges because it makes their job very easy. Pleading guilty means you give up your rights to a trial and you automatically have to pay fines, take points on your license and pay higher insurance rates. Instead you canplead not guiltyand fight your ticket (see below)!
Pleading guilty means you throw in the towel and give up your right to fight and potentially avoid the damaging consequences of a speeding ticket when in reality you are innocent until proven guilty. In many cases, an attorney can get you a dismissal (all charges are dropped and without fines or penalties) or a reduction in fines and points. Here are some reasons why you should fight your speeding ticket:
- Excessive Fines & Surcharges
- Points on your license
- Higher Insurance Premiums
- Possible License Suspension & Revocation
- Possible State Fines – New York Driver Responsibility Assessment
- Loss of your job (if a valid driver’s license or CDL is required)
How to Fight a New York Speeding Ticket
How a New York speeding ticket is typically handled depends on the jurisdiction (where you received it). Since the process of fighting a speeding ticket can be more complex than meets the eye, we strongly recommend that you hire an experienced New York traffic ticket lawyer to handle your case (not to mention being able to skip the trip to court in most cases). More on this below.
* If you want immediate assistance with your New York speeding ticket please call 888-434-0406 right now for a free attorney consult. *
Speeding Tickets in any Location Except NYC and Rochester
If you received a speeding ticket in any location other than NYC and Rochester, your ticket will be handled by a city, town or village court. The name and address of that court is listed at the bottom of the ticket. If you want to fight your ticket, you have to enter a plea of “Not Guilty” by filling out that portion of the ticket and mailing it in to the court. The court will mail you a pre-trial conference notice on which to appear and discuss your case with the prosecutor to see if you can agree on a settlement. Note, a prosecutor is not required to offer you a deal. You also have the right to reject any settlement you are offered and have a trial. The trial will most likely be held on a second court date (this means you will have to appear in court more than once). At the trial the police officer will present testimony to support his case. You have the right to question or “cross examine” the officer. The judge will make a ruling of innocence or guilt. If you are found “not guilty” you will not be required to pay any fines and you won’t get points. If you are found guilty you will get the full amount of points and be required to pay a fine.
Speeding Tickets in any Location Except NYC and Rochester
In New York City and Rochester, the tribunal handling your ticket is called the Traffic Violations Bureau or “TVB.” As mentioned above, in the TVB there are no settlements or plea bargains so if you want to fight your ticket, the only way to do so is to have a trial. Trials are tricky business and best handled by an experienced attorney who knows how to ask the right questions and make the best legal arguments in your favor.
The Benefits of Hiring An Attorney
There are many advantages of hiring an attorney. Our mission at The Rosenblum Law Firm is to get your ticket dismissed or minimize the damage that a speeding ticket in New York can cause you. We work toward that goal in every case we handle. Hiring an attorney to handle your case significantly increases your chances of getting a better outcome in your matter. We can offer you:
- A specific strategy for your case and tailor it to the court where your speeding ticket is being handled.
- A low flat rate to take care of your case; you will not pay more than the price you are quoted.
- We offer representation by a licensed professional to give you advice, defend you, negotiate on your behalf (if applicable) and/or take your case to trial.
- In most cases, you do not have to spend your day in court. You don’t have to waste time and money driving to court and waiting around for hours for your case to be heard.
Hiring us is fast and simple. Call us at 888-883-5529 for a free consultation. We’ll process your payment, you upload your ticket(s) and sign our Waiver of Representation Form online, and we’ll do the rest. This short video explains how our system works: