Montgomery County is located in the central part of New York State. It lies west of the city of Schenectady and northwest of Albany. The Erie Canal runs through the county. But what used to be a major source of trade and transportation is now used for recreational boating. The largely rural county is known for its fresh produce and homemade goods from numerous family-run farms and farm stands. It also features an abundance of B&Bs, country houses and inns. The city of Amsterdam in Montgomery County is the birthplace of famous actor Kirk Douglas.
A speeding ticket in Montgomery County is a costly matter. Rather than accept the cost and consequences, drivers should consult with an attorney to try to reduce or beat the charges.
New York State Speeding Ticket Costs
Drivers ticketed for speeding in Montgomery County can expect fines between $150 to $600. Drivers must also pay a state surcharge of $88 (Amsterdam) or $93 (elsewhere in the county). Once a driver reaches 6 points or more on his/her license, the DMV charges a Driver Responsibility Assessment (DRA) fee. This costs $300 plus an additional $75 for each point over six. Insurance premiums are also likely to rise by hundreds of dollars per year following a conviction for speeding.
Speeding Tickets Data from Montgomery County, NY
The number of speeding tickets written in Montgomery County spiked 24% in 2018 to 5,753 from 4,650 the year before. Speeding comprised 35% of offenses cited last year. In keeping with statewide trends, Saturday and Sunday were worst days for speeding in the county, with more than a third (34.6%) written on weekends. Likewise, the summer months were high time for speeding tickets with more than 30% of tickets issued in June, July and August. July was the worst of all, seeing 11% of all tickets. Almost 40% of drivers ticketed in Montgomery County in 2018 were from out of state.
Number of Speeding Tickets Given in Montgomery County, NY
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Drivers charged with speeding in Montgomery County would be well advised to fight the charge(s) against them. However, only 4% of drivers were able to beat a speeding ticket in Montgomery County courts in 2018. As such, drivers should hire a skilled attorney to avoid getting convicted.
Montgomery County Geography and How It Relates to Traffic Tickets
Montgomery County is accessible by NY Route 5 and 5S and by the New York State Thruway (I-90). Drivers can also take scenic roads, such as NY Routes 10, 30 and 30A, which take drivers north-south from the Adirondack State Park, as well as and NY Route 67, which connects to Saratoga County. Montgomery County has the fifth-smallest ratio of population to vehicle miles traveled in the state (24.8 people for every 1,000 VMT), which means outsiders—especially those from out of state—are the ones most likely to be ticketed for speeding.
Hiring a Montgomery County Speeding Ticket Lawyer
The fines, points, and insurance increase that comes with a speeding ticket can be far more than most drivers realize. Rather than pay the ticket, it is best to first consult with an experienced traffic ticket attorney. The lawyers at Rosenblum Law can assist you with your speeding ticket matter in Montgomery 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 Montgomery County for both traffic and criminal matters, including those from Amsterdam, Canajoharie, Charleston, Florida, Glen, Minden, Mohawk, Palatine, Root and St. Johnsville. Call 888-434-0406 or email Rosenblum Law today for a free consultation about your case.