Speeding With a Junior License or Restricted License in New York

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Congratulations! You just got your junior license and are ready to set out on the open road. Be careful though. As a young driver in the State of New York, you are punished extra-harshly for violating the rules of the road. Remember, driving is a privilege and the law has no problem taking it away from you if you commit serious traffic violations.

Speeding With a Junior License

If you are a junior license holder, the State of New York will suspend your license if you commit a serious traffic violation. Under New York law, a “serious traffic violation” is one that is worth 3 or more points.

Speeding even just 1 MPH over the speed limit is a 3 point offense! Consequently, if you are a junior license holder and are convicted of speeding in New York, your junior license will be taken away for 60 days.

Some other examples of other offenses that are considered “serious offenses” are: Cell phone, texting (electronic device usage), passing a school bus, and reckless driving.

Imagine: you just passed the road test after diligently practicing your parallel parking and your junior license is suspended for 2 months because you chose to go slightly faster than the posted speed limit.

You might think this is unfair. After all, what is 1mph over the speed limit really going to do? Unfortunately, speeding in New York kills more people than other traffic violation. As such, New York law comes down tough on speeding and considers it an inherently serious offense.

Similarly, as a junior license holder you will only be allowed to commit 2 minor offenses before your license will be suspended for 60 days. Any offense that is less than 3 points is considered by the State of New York to be a minor offense.

In other words, if you are convicted of backing up unsafely, a violation of VTL 1211-(a), you will not be suspended (since it is only a 2 point offense). However, if you commit the offense twice, or violate any other VTL after it, your license will be suspended.

Who Should You Contact?

If you received a NY traffic ticket and are a junior license or restricted license holder, contact Rosenblum Law today. You could be facing a suspension of your license, points, and a large fine. Our team of NY traffic ticket lawyers will do all they can to protect your legal rights, fight to keep you on the road, and will diligently work to get you the results you want. Call us today at 888-434-0406.

57 thoughts on “Speeding With a Junior License or Restricted License in New York”

  1. Today I got a ticket for 70 in a 55mph zone. I have a Dj license and this is my first ticket. I did not realize I was going this speed. This occurred in the town of Hornby on 414in New York State.

    1. Hello Danica and thank you for your inquiry. Please note, the offense for driving 15 miles over the limit carries a maximum 4 point penalty and maximum fine of $393. This is considered a Serious Driving Violation for a DJ License. As a result, if you are convicted for the speeding offense, your license will be suspended for 60 days. We suggest contesting this ticket as it will likely severely increase your insurance rates for the foreseeable future. 

  2. Hi my name is Nick and I over took a car ahead of me that was going slow over a solid yellow line I believe the violation was 1128a I’m 16 and have a juniors license, would this stop me from getting my seniors license in February when I turn 17? And how many points would it deduct?

      1. Hello Nick and thank you for your inquiry. Please be advised that your junior license will be suspended for 60 days if you are convicted of one serious traffic violation or two other violations that were committed while you held your junior license. A serious traffic violation is normally categorized as one that carries 3 or more points. An 1128a violation carries a 3 point penalty onto your license. If you are convicted of that offense then you will be suspended. Additionally, please note that because your offense occurred in Suffolk, the Traffic Violations Bureau has jurisdiction over your matter and it is a trial-only court system. We suggest contesting the matter with an attorney in order to mitigate the likely substantial increase to your insurance and points on your license.

  3. I am 17 years old with a jr license I was pulled over going 95 in a 55. What will happen will my license be suspended or revoked?

    1. Hello Justin and thank you for your inquiry. Please be advised that the offense for driving 40 miles over the speed limit carries a maximum 8 point penalty and a maximum $600 fine with a $93 court fee. Furthermore, for accumulating 6 or more points on your license, you will be charged an additional $300 for the NY imposed Driver’s Responsibility Assessment Fee. Please note that NY imposes an additional $75 for every point after 6, thus you will be assessed a total of $450 from the Driver’s Responsibility Assessment Fee alone. This totals an estimated $1,143, not including the likely significant increase to your insurance rates. Depending on when you received your Junior License, you may face license revocation, otherwise you will be suspended. We suggest contesting this matter with an attorney in order to attempt to mitigate the substantial fines and likely severe insurance implications.

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