Located along the southern coast of Lake Ontario, Monroe County is the birthplace of many international businesses including, Eastman Kodak, Bausch & Lomb, Paychex, Pictometry International, and Xerox. Many of these businesses are located around the city of Rochester, which is the third-most populous city in New York State. Rochester’s 208,000 residents make up more than a quarter of the entire county population.
Drivers cited for speeding in Rochester or any other part of Monroe County should consult with an experienced traffic ticket attorney before paying the ticket. Speeding tickets in Monroe County carry many hidden costs and an attorney can fight to get the fines and other penalties reduced.
New York State Speeding Ticket Costs
Those ticketed for speeding in Monroe County can expect to pay between $150 and $600. Those who give up and pay are often surprised to be charged a mandatory state surcharge of $88 (if ticketed in Rochester) or $93 (in a town/village). All NY speeding tickets also carry between 3 and 11 points. If the ticket brings the point total to 6 or more, the driver will have to pay a Driver Responsibility Assessment (DRA) fee. This is a separate fine paid directly to the DMV and costs $300 plus an additional $75 for each point over six. In addition, paying a speeding ticket nearly ensures one’s insurance rates will go up, often by several hundred dollars per year.
Speeding Ticket Data from Monroe County, NY
Police in Monroe County issued 14,692 speeding tickets in 2018. Nearly one-quarter of drivers ticketed for speeding were also issued “companion tickets” for other offenses at the same time. The most common of these offenses were licensing violations, including driving with an expired license (VTL 509), which made up almost a third of all companion tickets in Monroe County last year. It was followed by driving on a suspended license (VTL 511) and drunk or other impaired driving (VTL 1192). In 2018, drivers in Monroe County most often received speeding tickets on Tuesdays (15.4%) and Fridays (16.2%).
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Until April 2018, drivers ticketed in Rochester had to challenge their tickets at the Traffic Violations Bureau, a judicial branch of the DMV. Thankfully, the Rochester TVB has been dissolved and drivers may now argue speeding tickets in the newly created Traffic Violations Agency, which operates more like traditional traffic courts. Still, very few drivers (8.4%) are able to beat speeding tickets in Monroe County. However, it is possible to negotiate tickets down to a lesser offense with fewer or no points, especially if one hires a traffic ticket attorney.
Monroe County Geography and How It Relates to Traffic Tickets
Monroe County is one of several NY counties along the Canadian border. However, unlike nearby Erie County, Monroe does not contain any border crossings, so the police rarely ticket Canadian drivers. Instead, more than 90% of speeding tickets are given to fellow New Yorkers. Many of these are issued by State Troopers on some of the numerous highways that crisscross the county, including The New York State Thruway (I-90), I-390, I-490, I-590, and the Lake Ontario State Parkway. The county’s high latitude, combined with lake-effect winds make for chilly, snowy winters, which likely contributes to the slightly higher-than-average proportion of tickets for imprudent speed (3.8%).
Hiring a Monroe County Speeding Ticket Lawyer
Whether you live in Monroe County, are a student in one of its nine colleges or universities, or were visiting for business or pleasure, a speeding ticket can be very unsettling. Thankfully, one can hire an experienced traffic ticket attorney, who can fight to get the fines and points reduced or eliminated. By hiring an attorney to fight your speeding ticket, the driver most likely will not have to attend traffic court in person. Contact Rosenblum Law to assist you with your speeding ticket matter in Monroe County. We can offer you a free consultation about your case and have our attorneys fight on your behalf. Our attorneys have represented clients in Monroe County for both traffic and criminal matters, including those in Rochester, Brighton, Chili, Clarkson, East Rochester, Gates, Greece, Hamlin, Henrietta, Irondequoit, Mendon, Ogden, Parma, Penfield, Perinton, Pittsford, Riga, Rush, Sweden, Webster, and Wheatland. Call 888-434-0406 or email Rosenblum Law today for a free consultation about your case.