Speeding Tickets in Chautauqua County, NY

Chautauqua County is the westernmost county in New York State. It’s bordered by Lake Erie to the north and Pennsylvania to the west and south. The county was once known as the Furniture Capital of the World. It is also the birthplace of several famous people, including Lucille Ball and 90s singer/songwriter Natalie Merchant. 

Drivers who have been issued a speeding ticket in Chautauqua County should not pay it! Instead, call an experienced traffic ticket attorney to help avoid the costs, points, and other consequences that come with a conviction.

New York State Speeding Ticket Costs

A speeding ticket in Chautauqua County varies in cost but typically runs between $150 and $600. A mandatory state surcharge of $88 (if ticketed in Jamestown or Dunkirk) or $93 (in any other part of the county) is added to each ticket. A conviction for speeding in Chautauqua means the driver can have between 3 and 11 points assessed on his/her license. If the ticket brings the point total to 6 or more, the driver will have to pay an additional fee called a Driver Responsibility Assessment (DRA). This is separate from the fine and surcharge and is paid directly to the DMV. A DRA costs $300 for the first 6 points and an additional $75 for each point over 6. In addition, a speeding ticket conviction nearly ensures one’s insurance rates will go up, often by several hundred dollars per year.

Speeding Ticket Data from Chautauqua County, NY

Drivers in Chautauqua County were issued 14,490 speeding tickets in 2018. Speeding tickets made up more than 40% of all tickets issued that year, the largest proportion of any NY county. The majority of those tickets when to drivers from out-of-state. Only 46.7% of speeding tickets in Chautauqua County went to drivers licensed in New York. The rest was split among drivers from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New England (22.8%) as well as states to the west or south of New York (24.1%). The remaining 3.2% went to Canadian drivers. 

Number of Speeding Tickets Given in Chautauqua County, NY

Year# of Speeding Tickets
2009 15,461
2010 14,762
2011 12,890
2012 12,525
2013 14,650
2014 15,721
2015 16,430
2016 14,945
2017 13,863
2018 14,490

Drivers in Chautauqua County had one of the highest conviction rates for speeding tickets in the state in 2018; just 3.2% of drivers were able to get their tickets dismissed or get acquitted by a judge. This is a smaller percentage than is often seen in New York City. Still, many drivers are able to negotiate speeding tickets down to lesser offenses, such as parking tickets, that won’t impact their insurance rates. However, this usually requires the help of a skilled traffic ticket attorney. 

Chautauqua County Geography and How It Relates to Traffic Tickets

With a population of 127,000 people, Chautauqua County is near the median for county populations in New York. The two largest highways in the county are I-86/NY 17/Southern Tier Expressway and the New York Thruway (I-90). The county’s low population density and the absence of any major four-year colleges means visitors and those passing through the state stand out more to police. This, plus its proximity to the Canadian border and the fact that it shares a border with another state (Pennsylvania) is a major contributor to its high level of out-of-state drivers ticketed for speeding. 

Hiring a Chautauqua County Speeding Ticket Lawyer

Drivers ticketed for speeding in Chautauqua County should strongly consider hiring an experienced traffic ticket attorney. In most cases, an attorney can attend the pretrial conference and, if necessary, the trial on behalf of the driver, so he/she may not have to appear in person. This is especially beneficial for drivers from out of state, who may have to face a long trek back to the county. An attorney also offers the best possible chance of one beating a ticket or getting it reduced to a lesser offense. 

Contact Rosenblum Law for help with your speeding ticket matter in Chautauqua 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 Chautauqua County for both traffic and criminal matters, including those in Arkwright, Busti, Carroll, Charlotte, Chautauqua, Cherry Creek, Clymer, Dunkirk, Ellery, Ellicott, Ellington, French Creek, Gerry, Hanover, Harmony, Jamestown, Kiantone, Mina, North Harmony, Poland, Pomfret, Portland, Ripley, Sheridan, Sherman, Stockton, Villenova, and Westfield. Call 888-434-0406 or email Rosenblum Law today for a free consultation about your case.

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4 thoughts on “Speeding Tickets in Chautauqua County, NY”

  1. I received a speeding ticket a few weeks ago 80/65. This is my first speeding ticket. I filled out the ticket information and I received a letter back saying I still have to appear for court. I live 3 hours away. What can I do?

    1. Hello Tracie and thank you for your inquiry. In order to provide you with more accurate information, we would need to know what Court has jurisdiction over your case. Please be advised that the offense for speeding 25 miles over the limit carries a maximum 6 point penalty and, depending on where you were charged, a maximum fine of $300 with $93 court fees. 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. This will likely incur a substantial increase in your insurance rates. We suggest contesting the ticket with an attorney in order to attempt to mitigate the insurance implications, points on your license, and substantial fees.

  2. I was fined for speeding in the work zone yesterday in Chautauqua county. I was going 72mph in a 55mph zone. Could I please a quote for how much it would cost to resolve this?

    1. Hello William and thank you for your inquiry. As you were charged for driving in excess of 17 miles over the posted speed limit in a work zone, your fines will be doubled. This offense incurs a maximum 4 point penalty with a doubled maximum fine of $600 and $93 court costs. Since Courts look unfavorably upon Defendants speeding in work zones due to the perceived risk they impose on the workers, we suggest contesting the ticket with an attorney in order to mitigate the likely impact on your insurance.

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