Most drivers realize that tire wear can affect traction and even fuel efficiency, but what few recognize is that worn-out tires can also affect the accuracy of your speedometer.
Your speedometer assumes your car is using the standard size tire for the make and model and calculates your speed based on the rotation of the axis. As tires wear out, the circumference (the distance around the outside of the tire) decreases. As such, each rotation of the axle moves the car less distance than it would have with a full tire.
For example, if your car uses a tire with a 24-inch diameter, it would have a circumference of 75.36 inches. If the tire loses ½ inch from wear, the total circumference would decrease to 73.79 inches (a 2% difference), and would require 1.02 rotations to go the same distance a brand new tire covers in one rotation. In terms of speed, this means that when your speedometer reads 60 mph the car is really only going 58.8 mph.
The inverse can occur if you overinflate your tires. If you overinflate your 24-inch tires so that they are a half-inch larger in diameter, your speedometer will read 60 mph, but the vehicle will actually be traveling at 61.2 mph. It doesn’t seem like a huge deal, but this could be the difference between going 10 mph over the limit (a $150 ticket) and 11 mph over the limit (a $300 ticket).
The good news is that neither worn out nor overinflated tires are likely to land you an unjustified speeding ticket. The bad news is you can’t use either as an excuse to fight a speeding ticket.
In New York, a speeding ticket costs at least $150, plus surcharges, and if you end up with six points or more on your license, you could also be required to pay a driver responsibility assessment of $100. At speeding ticket also carries at least three points on your license and can cause your insurance rates to skyrocket by hundreds of dollars.
If you or a loved one has been caught speeding, it is advisable that you imperative an attorney to help you avoid the costs associated with a ticket. The lawyers of the Rosenblum Law Firm are skilled New York traffic ticket attorneys who are experienced in handling tickets for speeding as well as other driving-related offenses. Call 888-203-2619 or email the Rosenblum Law Firm today for a free consultation about your case.
If you have been issued a traffic ticket or multiple tickets for speeding and other violations it is important that take care of the ticket one way or another. Ignoring the ticket can only make matters worse and might make the penalties worse and harder to resolve. It is not a valid excuse to say that you were never given a court notice or the traffic ticket never stated how much the fine was.
How Do I Plead and Pay My Speeding Ticket?
Payments for fines and penalties can be made to the court that is listed on your traffic ticket. (See images below). To make a payment you can call the local court handling your case and speak with the court clerk on how you can arrange to make your payment. If your case is with the Traffic Violations Bureau you can arrange pay using this website. It is important to note that paying your fines on a traffic ticket is also the equivalent of pleading guilty to the charge. This means that you are waiving your right to a trial and possibly having the ticket reduced or dismissed.
If you have been charged with a traffic violation, before paying your ticket, consult with an experienced traffic defense attorney. An attorney can discuss your options with you and potentially help you avoid costly fines and points.
Going To Court
In New York the traffic ticket when issued is also a summons requiring you to answer your case to the court which has jurisdiction over your matter. For most traffic violations your case will be heard by the local municipal or town court. If you received a ticket within the 5 boroughs of New York City then your case will be heard by the Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB).
The Effect on Your Insurance
The most issued tickets in New York are speeding tickets. These tickets not only have heavy fines but carry points which can affect your insurance rates and lead to a possible license suspension. For drivers that are convicted of speeding above 20 miles per hour they are issued 6 points which also requires an additional penalty to be paid to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.
6 Points Or More = Driver Responsibility Assessment Fine
The DMV’s Driver Responsibility Assessment applies to all drivers that are convicted of a traffic violation in the State of New York, even out of state drivers. The program is intended to deter repeat offenses within the state and to encourage traffic safety. If you receive 6 or more points on your New York State driving record within an 18 month period then the annual assessment is $100 for three years. Drivers that receive more than six points on their record within an 18 month period are fined an additional $25 per point per year (each additional point is $75). The DMV will suspend your license if you fail to pay your DMV Driver Responsibility Assessment.
Even if you live out of state or in Canada, if you plead guilty New York may notify your home state and points can be added to your driving record.
Many people ask us if they can get out of their speeding ticket because the speed limit sign was obscured by a tree or bush, covered up, totally faded, or simply not visible. New York State does not have an official law on the books that makes this a valid defense to a speeding ticket.
However, when this defense is used in tandem with photographic evidence and an adequate legal justification, prosecutors will sometimes reduce your offense and judges may even dismiss the ticket entirely. Nevertheless, this is not a hard-and-fast rule and there are a few things you need to know about trying to use it as a defense.
Two Important Caveats—Default Speed Limits & Posting Requirements
In many parts of New York State, there are default speed limits. This means that even if a speed limit sign is not posted and you are caught speeding over the default limit, you might get a speeding ticket. Depending on the jurisdiction you are driving in, these default limits vary.
Accordingly, in order to properly raise a “speed limit was not visible” defense, you must first be obeying any default limit that might exist. For example, if you received a school zone speeding ticket where the speed limit was 15MPH, but the sign was completely obscured, you can only raise the sign obstruction as a defense if you were driving below the regular default speed limit. Additionally, you need to be aware of the specific municipality’s sign posting laws and use them to your advantage.
For instance, if a certain jurisdiction requires foliage to be removed whenever it becomes overgrown and covers a sign, you should mention this in court. Cite the ordinance or local policy, have pictures of the untrimmed bush covering the sign, and have your attorney confidently tell the prosecutor your story. Nevertheless, keep in mind that simply failing to see an otherwise visible speed limit sign is not a valid defense to a speeding ticket.
Best Way to Present a “Lack of Visibility” Defense
First and foremost, hire an experienced NY traffic ticket attorney to defend you. Even if you follow every step to the letter and make this defense, a prosecutor will give more credence to an attorney and give you a better deal than if you defended yourself.
Second, make sure to take pictures of the signthat was obstructed, blocked, or not visible and have them time-stamped (if possible).
Third, have your attorney explain to the prosecutor that the sign was obstructed and that you were not given “notice” of the posted speed limit. In other words, you had no way of knowing that the posted speed limit varied from the default limit due to the obstruction/lack of visibility.
Next, if applicable, have your attorney provide the local ordinance or policy requiring maintenance crews to monitor and trim bushes that block signs on highways and/or local roads and have your attorney show the prosecutor the time-stamped photos of the obstructed sign.
Lastly, have your attorney explain that given all of the circumstances—in conjunction with the photos, the fact you were within the default speed limit, you completely lacked notice, etc.—your ticket ought to be dismissed.
All of this should be done first to the prosecutor during plea negotiations. Although rare, the prosecutor could agree with you and voluntarily dismiss the case. However, in most cases, he will offer a deal for a lesser offense. If necessary, you can have your attorney argue in front of the judge for a dismissal arising out of all of the evidence discussed previously. Remember, there is no guarantee that this defense will work in your specific scenario. However, it has worked in the past under certain circumstances.
If you recently received a New York speeding ticket, contact Rosenblum Law. Our team of traffic ticket attorneys has a successful track record of fighting these types of cases and getting our clients the results they want. Call us today at 888-434-0406.
The first step to tracking down your traffic ticket is to determine the agency in charge of handling your ticket. In the State of New York traffic tickets are handled by either the Traffic Violations Bureau or by a court of a local municipality or city.
Tickets Pending in A City, Town, Village or Justice Court
If you lose your ticket you can track it by contacting the court that is handling the ticket. If you don’t know which court is handling the ticket, it can be tough because there is currently no statewide ticket tracking system that can be accessed by consumers online. You should either contact a representative at the Department of Motor Vehicles or have them assist you in finding the ticket or contact an attorney to help.
Tickets Pending in the Traffic Violations Bureau
If the Traffic Violations Bureau is handling the ticket it can be tracked down in one of its many offices located across the state of New York or online.
What Options are Available to Handle of My Ticket?
(a) Pleading Guilty
Some people think that pleading guilty and accepting the fine is a simple method of taking care of the problem and ending it as soon as possible. However by admitting your guilt you are accepting the charges and allowing them to be on your permanent driving record. You will also receive points on your license that will surely affect insurance rates. When you admit guilt you are forfeiting your chance at a trial and getting the charges dismissed altogether.
(b) Pleading Not Guilty
If you plead guilty your matter will be scheduled for court. In all courts except the TVB the ticket can potentially be negotiated down to something less. In the TVB they do not reduce tickets and therefore you will be scheduled for a hearing or “trial”. An attorney will help to insure that you have the needed legal skill and experience behind you to help you win your case and have the charges and the ticket reduced or dismissed.
Should I Hire An Attorney?
Wherever traffic tickets are concerned one of the best options you can take is to attempt to fight the charges in court. A lawyer with experience has the training and expertise necessary to effectively help you successfully negotiate any charges you are facing till the outcomes turns in your favor. Contact the Rosenblum Law Firm for help with traffic ticket cases. The attorneys at the Rosenblum Law Firm have the experience necessary to help you receive the best possible outcome in your traffic ticket case.
Receiving a traffic ticket can be quite frustrating. However, no matter how annoyed one may be over a speeding ticket, do not plead guilty to it simply to “make it go away.” It is highly recommended to plead not guilty and fight the ticket.
The following information has been designed for those who are unfamiliar with New York speeding tickets and shows how to plead not guilty a NY traffic ticket.
How to Plead Not Guilty to NY Speeding Ticket
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How to Plead Not Guilty to NY Speeding Ticket
Understand the four parts of the speeding ticket (see below)
A New York speeding ticket will be comprised of four main sections.
1) The first section contains the driver’s information. This usually includes the name, address, gender, license plate number, date of birth, registration expiration date, the state that issued the driver’s license, the make and model of the car, and other information that identifies the operator of the vehicle.
2) The second section describes what the driver is being charged with. It will likely include the time of the traffic stop, the date of the alleged offense, the vehicle and traffic law (VTL) that one is being accused of violating, a short description of the violation, where it occurred, and the signature of the police officer who issued the ticket.
3) The third section of a NY speeding ticket, which is at the bottom of the first page, says what court will be hearing the traffic ticket case. Additionally, it includes the name of the court, its address, and a check-box indicating whether the driver is required to appear in person or simply return the ticket via mail.
4) The fourth part of the ticket appears on the back. This gives the driver the option to plead not guilty (or guilty) by mail.
Fill out Section B on the back of the ticket
Section A should be filled out by drivers who want to plead guilty (not recommended) and Section B should be filled out by those who want to plead not guilty. In order to plead not guilty to a traffic ticket (which is highly advised), simply sign one’s name at the bottom of Section B and check the box requesting a supporting deposition (if one was not issued one with the ticket).
Make a copy of the ticket
Scan or make a copy of the NY speeding ticket for record keeping purposes and mail the original to the court. This is important in case your ticket gets lost in the mail or the court misplaces the ticket.
Mail the signed original ticket to the court
You can find the courts address to the left of Section B.
Four Parts of Your Speeding Ticket
A New York speeding ticket will be comprised of four main sections. The first section contains the driver’s information. This usually includes the name, address, gender, license plate number, date of birth, registration expiration date, the state that issued the driver’s license, the make and model of the car, and other information that identifies the operator of the vehicle.
The second section describes what the driver is being charged with. It will likely include the time of the traffic stop, the date of the alleged offense, the vehicle and traffic law (VTL) that one is being accused of violating, a short description of the violation, where it occurred, and the signature of the police officer who issued the ticket.
The third section of a NY speeding ticket, which is at the bottom of the first page, says what court will be hearing the traffic ticket case. Additionally, it includes the name of the court, its address, and a check-box indicating whether the driver is required to appear in person or simply return the ticket via mail.
Lastly, the fourth part of the ticket appears on the back. This gives the driver the option to plead not guilty (or guilty) by mail.
If you recently received a New York speeding ticket, contact Rosenblum Law. Our team of NY traffic ticket lawyers will do all they can to help you get the results you are looking for. Call us today at 888-434-0406.
What’s the Difference Between Yellow and White Speed Limit Signs?
Speed limit signs seem like the simplest thing in the world. You may have noticed, however, that some speed limit signs are yellow, while most are white. Seems like a minor thing, but there’s a difference between them that you should be aware of.
Yellow speed limit signs are also known as advisory speed limit signs. You’ll see these most often when roads curve. You might also see them on a stretch of road that is hilly or which suddenly narrows. Either way, it is a warning to drivers to reduce speed.
The limit on an advisory speed limit sign is always at least 5 mph lower than the rest of the roadway. The yellow color is intended to draw your attention so that you adjust your speed accordingly. In most cases, the advisory limit is temporary; once you have passed the stretch of road with the advisory-inducing conditions, a white sign will typically be posted indicating you can return to the old speed. However, it is possible for multiple advisory limits to appear back to back.
Can I Get a Ticket for Exceeding an Advisory Limit?
Advisory speed limits are not a legal speed limit; only the standard white speed limit signs carry the force of the law. Therefore, you cannot get a speeding ticket for disobeying an advisory speed limit sign. Yellow signs are simply a warning to drivers of a change in road conditions that may make their current speed dangerous. The number is usually based on the physics of the road, taking into account things like centrifugal force (around a bend) and angular momentum (at the top of a hill).
If an officer issues a speeding ticket, it is most likely for exceeding the official (white) speed limit. This will cost at least $150 plus a mandatory surcharge of $88-$93 and will lead to no less three points but as many as 11 points on your New York license, depending on how far above the standard limit you were going. Alternatively, there’s a chance you could get hit with a ticket for failure to reduce speed. This rarely-issued ticket penalizes drivers who do not slow down for special hazards, such as when approaching train tracks or the crest of a hill. It carries a maximum fine of $150 plus a mandatory surcharge of $88-$93 and three points on your license.
While exceeding an advisory speed is not illegal per se, it can be considered negligent. That means if you are involved in an accident while exceeding the advisory limit, you can be liable.
In addition to the fines and points, a conviction for any kind of speeding ticket can cause your auto insurance rates to skyrocket. If you or a loved one has been caught speeding, it is advisable that you consult an attorney to help you avoid the costs and points associated with a ticket. The lawyers of the Rosenblum Law Firm are skilled New York traffic ticket attorneys who are experienced in handling tickets for speeding as well as other driving-related offenses. Call 888-203-2619 or email the Rosenblum Law Firm today for a free consultation about your case.
Traveling to different parts of the world, even within the United States can be a culture shock. Some places speak different languages, while others simply do everything differently. New York City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Over 60 million people visit New York every year, and the number is rising. With that sheer amount of people walking, biking, driving, and riding around, traffic is horrendous. Everything involving roads is more complicated in NYC. From parking to turning, driving is something most tourists want to avoid altogether.
If you do insist on driving or renting a car on your visit to NYC, keep reading. There are thousands of mistakes that can be made and thousands more that will result in a hefty ticket. With questions about purchasing temporary car insurance, parking on the street, or just using the subway, we compiled some of the worst traffic mistakes you can make while visiting NYC to help you out.
Renting a Car
First, let’s start by stating that an NYC tourist should probably never rent a car at all. Driving in NYC is not a joke. The stereotypes and old wives’ tales are true. With millions of drivers on the road, you cannot afford to make any mistakes. Rental cars are never cheap, but even if you can get a good deal on one, driving around will probably still cost you money. Gas is more expensive than anywhere in the country, and tickets are handed out more in NYC than any other city.
Not Using Public Transit
Along with renting a car, not using public transit would be a huge mistake. The subway system was built to take congestion away from the roads of the city. While it has done its job to a certain extent, car traffic is still at epic proportions throughout New York State. In 2019, three NYC roads topped the list of “Most Congested Roads in America.” If you’re a tourist heading into the city for the first time, taking buses, tours, or the subway from place to place can be your best friend.
Parking By Fire Hydrants or Crosswalks
You may be wondering why this is so far ahead of many other mistakes tourists need to avoid. The reason is that parking in NYC is worse than driving. If you think getting from place to place is hard within the city limits, try parking next to the place you’re going. Plan ahead of time for at least a ten-minute walk to wherever you’re headed.
With that being said, most people know you shouldn’t park right by fire lanes and fire hydrants. Emergency Firemen need all the help they can, and parking in these marked areas is not only offensive and outright wrong but will also land you a ticket upwards of $350.
Crosswalks are also essential to avoid. With millions of pedestrians running around the city, you may find a spot that is just over the top of a crosswalk. Avoid it at all costs. It’s not a matter of if you get a ticket; it’s a matter of when you get a ticket.
Only tourists are guilty of doing this (and I’m one of them). There’s a rule of the city about never entering cabs when it’s rush hour. Most cabs will have passengers in them already, but hailing a cab causes accidents and backups even worse than before.
You can now be ticketed by a police officer as well. If an officer sees you hailing a cab during rush hour, you could receive a $100 fine. There’s a ton of obscure traffic tickets written in NYC, and the more informed you are, the better off you’ll be as a pedestrian.
Turning Right on Red
One of the only places in the entire country that you cannot turn right on red is in New York City. In almost every other city and town, no matter the size, turning right on red after a stop is perfectly legal. This isn’t the case in New York City.
The rule came into effect in 2007, making it illegal to take a right on red within the five boroughs of NYC. According to NYC.gov, the law was made to improve travel time and increase safety. For tourists especially, this may be a considerable change. If you’re driving through the city, remember not to take a right on red, or you’ll be going home with a ticket.
This rule should be known by every driver who has ever taken a driver’s test or attended a class, but of course, it happens every day. In New York City, it is essential that traffic flow to the best of its ability. It is already the worst place to drive in the country, making it worse is a no-no.
Blocking intersections is illegal across every state in the U.S., but in NYC, it will not be overlooked like it is in other states. To keep traffic flowing correctly, wait before the line even if the light ahead of you is green.
Texting & Driving
The laws against texting while driving should go without being said, but once again, the American people insist on not listening. While people have been injured or killed, we still continue to text and drive.
There has been a crackdown on enforcing these laws with the coming of 2020, but in New York City, they don’t take it lightly, and never will. Tickets for texting while driving in NYC can cost you up to $400 within the city limits. While you should never use your phone while you drive, be sure to put it down while you’re in NYC.
New York City is an enormous place filled with magical sights and advanced technology. From the Brooklyn Bridge to the Empire State Building, traffic is another sight to see. If you’re thinking of visiting, skip renting a car or driving at all. Fly in or leave your car outside the city. Trust me–there’s no need for more cars in NYC.
Ethan Lichtenberg is a writer for Autoinsuranceez.com and other top car insurance comparison sites. He enjoys reading Fredrik Backman and sneaking off to the beach every chance he gets.
Orleans County is one of several NY counties along the southern shore of Lake Ontario. It is northeast of Buffalo and considered part of the Rochester metro area. Most of Orleans is rural and the county sees the fourth-least vehicle traffic of any NY county. The region attracts some visitors for sports fishing. Whether a local or visitor, a speeding ticket in Orleans County can be expensive. Before deciding to pay a speeding ticket, a driver should consult with an experienced traffic ticket attorney to see if the ticket can be dismissed or reduced to a lesser charge.
New York Speeding Ticket Costs
New York is a costly state for speeding tickets. Fines can cost between $150 to $600. In addition to the fine, drivers must pay a mandatory NYS surcharge of $88 to $93. Drivers who get six or more points on their license will also have to pay a Driver Responsibility Assessment (DRA). This is a separate fine that costs $100 each year for three years. Each point over six adds another $25 a year for three years. In addition, a driver who is convicted for speeding can see insurance increases of several hundred dollars per year for three or more years.
Speeding Tickets Data from Orleans County, NY
Police wrote 1,583 speeding tickets in Orleans County in 2018, a 5% increase over the number of tickets issued in 2017. Orleans County has the dubious distinction of issuing the greatest proportion of speeding tickets to women of any NY county: 42.5%. (The same is true of texting tickets). Unlike in many NY counties, speeding tickets were issued fairly evenly each day of the week. State Troopers handed out more than 60% of speeding tickets last year; local police issued nearly 31%. Approximately 13% of drivers ticketed for speeding were also ticketed for other “companion” violations during the same traffic stop. The most common were for driving while suspended (25%) followed by minor licensing violations such as driving out of class (20%). Another 8% were for impaired driving.
Number of Speeding Tickets Given in Orleans County, NY
# of Speeding Tickets
Drivers charged with speeding in Orleans County can choose to fight the charge(s) against them and either win a dismissal or negotiate a reduction in fines and points. However, drivers should be cautious before assuming it is easy to beat a speeding ticket; less than 8% of drivers statewide got their speeding tickets dismissed. As such, it would be wise to speak to an attorney to discuss the best course of action.
Orleans County Geography and How It Relates to Traffic Tickets
The Lake Ontario State Parkway begins at Lakeside Beach State Park in Orleans County and runs east into Monroe County. Those heading west into Orleans can continue beyond the parkway by taking NY Route 18 into Niagara County. NY Routes 104 and 31 also serve drivers heading east/west through the county, while NY Routes 63 and 98 move traffic north-south. Orleans County comprises more than 800 square miles, but only 315 square miles are land. With just 764,000 vehicle-miles traveled in the county each year, those who speed or commit other traffic violations are certain to stand out to police.
Hiring an Orleans County Speeding Ticket Lawyer
The costs of a speeding ticket don’t end with the fines and surcharges. Pleading guilty (which happens when one pays a ticket without contesting it) can increase auto insurance premiums by hundreds of dollars for several years. At the same time, ignoring the ticket is never a good idea and failing to answer the ticket in a timely manner can result in a license being suspended or even revoked. Drivers who are charged with a speeding ticket or other traffic violation would be well advised to fight the charge.
An experienced traffic ticket attorney can analyze the traffic violation matter and provide a solid defense, keeping the fines and points to a minimum. In almost all cases, a person who hires an attorney will not be required to come to court.
If you received a speeding ticket in Orleans County, contact Rosenblum Law. Our traffic ticket attorneys represent clients in Albion, Barre, Carlton, Clarendon, Gaines, Kendall, Murray, Ridgeway, Shelby, and Yates. Call us today at 888-434-0406.
Named after Benjamin Franklin, NY’s Franklin County is one of the northernmost counties in the state, and one of several that border Canada. Franklin County is the fourth-largest county by land area and also the fourth-least population-dense. Much of the county is located in the Adirondack Park, which draws a substantial amount of tourism.
A speeding ticket issued in Franklin County can cost far more than most drivers realize. Rather than just pay the ticket, a driver should contact an experienced traffic ticket attorney who can help get those penalties reduced or eliminated.
New York State Speeding Ticket Costs
Paying a speeding ticket in Franklin means incurring far more costs than the fine, which by itself can range from $150 to $600. Each ticket also comes with a mandatory state surcharge of $88 or $93. If the ticket puts the total number of points on the license at 6 or more, a driver will be hit with a DMV Driver Responsibility Assessment (DRA) fee. The DRA is a separate fine and costs $300 plus an additional $75 for each point over six. On top of this, a driver can see a serious increase in insurance premiums, which can last for 36 months or more after the speeding ticket appears on the driving record.
Speeding Tickets Data from Franklin County, NY
Police in Franklin County wrote 2,222 speeding tickets last year. Of those, 5.4% were for a specific offense, 1180-e, which applies to those who use excessive speed around special hazards such as sharp curves or when crossing railroad tracks. State Troopers wrote 82% of all speeding tickets in the county in 2018. Almost 30% were issued in the summer months and more than half were issued on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. While most speeding tickets in Franklin County went to New Yorkers last year, 4.4% were given to Canadian drivers.
Number of Speeding Tickets Given in Franklin, NY
# of Speeding Tickets
Drivers hit with speeding tickets in Franklin County should take the ticket to court and try to get it either dismissed or reduced to a low-point or no-point violation. However, less than 8% of New Yorkers were successful in doing so last year. By hiring a skilled attorney one is more likely to succeed and with better results.
Franklin County Geography and How It Relates to Traffic Tickets
There are no interstate highways servicing Franklin County, NY. Instead, drivers will have to take U.S. Route 11, which heads east and west through the northern quarter of the county. In addition, NY Route 30 takes drivers north-south to/from the Canadian border and into the Adirondack region. The county boasts more than 670 bodies of water, which are a substantial source of tourism. With so few major roadways and less than 2 million vehicle miles traveled in the county most years, all those who speed or commit other traffic violations are sure to stand out to police in Franklin County.
Hiring a Franklin County Speeding Ticket Lawyer
A New York speeding ticket is a serious matter. Any driver would be well advised to consult with an attorney to get the charges reduced or dropped. An experienced traffic defense attorney can evaluate the case and offer a solid defense that can minimize the fines and points. Those who may have a hard time making a court appearance can rest assured that most speeding ticket cases do not require the driver to show up if he/she has an attorney represent him/her.
Contact Rosenblum Law to assist you with your speeding ticket matter in Franklin 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 Franklin County for both traffic and criminal matters, including those from Bangor, Bellmont, Bombay, Brandon, Brighton, Burke, Chateaugay, Constable, Dickinson, Duane, Fort Covington, Franklin (township), Harrietstown, Malone, Moira, Santa Clara, Tupper Lake, Waverly, and Westville. Call 888-434-0406 or email Rosenblum Law today for a free consultation about your case.
Chenango County is a largely rural county near the center of New York State, just north of Broome County. Its economy thrives on dairy farming and is a major source of cheese and yogurt factories in the state, including Chobani Yogurt. About 60% of the county’s 900 square miles is forested and only about 5% is developed for commercial, industrial or residential use.
Drivers should think twice before paying a speeding ticket issued in Chenango County. Each ticket carries hidden costs and penalties that take many drivers by surprise. Instead, one should hire an experienced traffic ticket lawyer who can beat or reduce the charge.
New York State Speeding Ticket Costs
A Chenango County speeding ticket comes with a fine of $150 to $600 in most cases. In addition, drivers will have to pay a mandatory state surcharge of $88 or $93. Whenever a traffic ticket puts the total number of points on the license at 6 or more, the driver will be charged a Driver Responsibility Assessment (DRA) fee. The DRA is an additional fine and costs $300 for the first 6 points and $75 for each additional point. Even worse, a single speeding ticket can increase auto insurance rates by as much as several hundred dollars per year for three or more years.
Speeding Tickets Data from Chenango County NY
The number of speeding tickets issued in Chenango County in 2018 rose slightly over 2017 from 2,569 to 2,603. Speeding tickets made up nearly a quarter of all traffic tickets issued last year, above the statewide average of 18.6%. More than 30% of all speeding tickets were written on Saturday and Sunday. Thursday saw the fewest tickets (11.7%). In keeping with statewide trends, the summer months were among the worst time to be speeding in the county, with more than 31% of tickets issued during that time.
Number of Speeding Tickets Given in Chenango County, NY
# of Speeding Tickets
Drivers hit with speeding tickets in Chenango County would be well advised to fight the ticket and either get it dismissed or reduced to a low-point/no-point violation. Less than 8% of drivers were able to get their speeding ticket dismissed in New York State last year. Those who hire an experienced traffic ticket attorney will likely have much better luck and get much better results than those who attempt to fight the ticket on their own.
Chenango County Geography and How It Relates to Traffic Tickets
Chenango County is among the 10 counties in the state with the least vehicle traffic each year. This is partially attributed to its sparse population (47,536 in 2018) and the lack of interstate highway access; I-88 crosses the southeast corner of the state between Broome County and Delaware County. The county receives some tourism in the form of visitors to its numerous state parks, which is enough to keep state and local police on the lookout for speeding and other infractions.
Hiring a Chenango County Speeding Ticket Lawyer
A speeding ticket in New York State is a serious matter. Any driver charged with speeding needs the help of an experienced traffic ticket attorney. An attorney offers the best chance of reducing or beating the ticket and thus avoiding the worst penalties. The best part is that, in most cases, those who hire legal representation may not have to show up to court themselves.
Contact Rosenblum Law to assist you with your speeding ticket matter in Chenango County. We can offer you a free consultation about your case and have our attorney’s fight on your behalf. Our attorneys have represented clients in all the courts in Chenango County for both traffic and criminal matters including Afton, Bainbridge, Columbus, Coventry, German, Greene, Guilford, Lincklaen, McDonough, New Berlin, North Norwich, Norwich, Otselic, Oxford, Pharsalia, Pitcher, Plymouth, Preston, Sherburne, Smithville, and Smyrna. Call 888-434-0406 or email Rosenblum Law today for a free consultation about your case.