Cattaraugus County is considered part of Appalachia, as well as Western New York. It’s also classified as part of Upstate New York and the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area.
Cattaraugus is located in the Southern Tier of the state, bordered by Pennsylvania on the south. It is home to Allegany State Park, the largest state park in New York, and the Allegany Indian Reservation of the Seneca Nation of New York.
Cattaraugus County is often called the Enchanted Mountains, although, aside from Mount Seneca and Mount Tuscarora, most of its geographic peaks are hills.
A driver should never pay a speeding ticket from Cattaraugus County. The costs can be far higher than expected. Instead, he/she should contact an experienced traffic ticket attorney to fight to reduce or eliminate the penalties.
New York State Speeding Ticket Costs
Paying a speeding ticket in Cattaraugus means incurring many unexpected costs. Fines of $150 to $600 are just the beginning. A mandatory state surcharge of $88 or $93 can be tacked on as well. If the ticket puts the total number of points on the license at 6 or more, then a DMV Driver Responsibility Assessment (DRA) fee also applies. This costs $300 plus an additional $75 for each point over six. On top of this, a driver can see an 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 Cattaraugus County, NY
Since 2019, the number of speeding tickets issued in Cattaraugus County has been decreasing. From 7,219 speeding tickets, the highest number since 2014, it significantly dropped to 4,592 speeding tickets written in 2020, and to 4,405 in 2021. Interestingly, the decline in traffic due to COVID restrictions may have also led to an increase in risky driving behaviors. However, with fewer drivers on the road overall, Cattaraugus County saw a decline in the number of speeding tickets handed out in recent years. They accounted for 26.1% of all traffic tickets written, and Fridays and Saturdays are recorded to have the highest number of speeding tickets issued, with 18.5% and 17.6%, respectively.
Once residents of the county are ticketed, they are likely to be found guilty. The conviction rates for Cattaraugus drivers are high – only 3.8% of such tickets resulted in dismissal/acquittal in 2021. However, hiring a traffic ticket attorney will help drivers have a better chance of getting their charges reduced, as well as lowering the points and fines.
Number of Speeding Tickets Issued in Cattaraugus County (NY), 2012 – 2021
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Cattaraugus County Geography and How It Relates to Traffic Tickets
Drivers can take I-86, also called the Southern Tier Expressway, into and out of Cattaraugus County east-west. U.S. Route 219 runs north-south, taking drivers to and from Pennsylvania and other points south, as well as to and from Erie County and other points north. College students drive in Cattaraugus to attend the Salamanca campus of Jamestown Business College, as well as St. Bonaventure University just west of Olean. Cornplanter College, a tribally controlled college, opened in 2014 in Salamanca.
Between locals, college students and tourists, police have their hands full watching the roads for speeding. State Troopers are among the most aggressive, writing 71% of all speeding tickets last year. Almost half (45.4%) of drivers were from out of state or Canada.
Hiring a Cattaraugus County Speeding Ticket Lawyer
A New York speeding ticket is a serious problem. Any driver would be well advised to consult with an attorney to get the charges reduced or dropped. In most speeding ticket cases, a person who hires an attorney may not have to show up to court in person.
Contact Rosenblum Law to assist you with your speeding ticket matter in Cattaraugus County. We can offer you a free consultation about your case and have our attorneys fight to reduce the penalties. Our attorneys have represented clients in Cattaraugus County for both traffic and criminal matters, including those from Allegany, Ashford, Carrollton, Coldspring, Conewango, Dayton, East Otto, Ellicottville, Farmersville, Franklinville, Freedom, Great Valley, Hinsdale, Humphrey, Ischua, Leon, Little Valley, Lyndon, Machias, Mansfield, Napoli, New Albion, Olean, Otto, Perrysburg, Persia, Portville, Randolph, Red House, Salamanca, South Valley, and Yorkshire. Call 888-434-0406 or email Rosenblum Law today for a free consultation about your case.