With a population of 461,809, Onondaga County is just shy of being among the top 10 most populous counties in NY. The county is home to Syracuse, the fifth-largest city in New York State, which has a population of approximately 143,000. Syracuse is a major cultural and transportation hub in New York State and draws a lot of traffic from all over New York and neighboring states.
Those drivers and others who live in Onondaga County are watched carefully by police for speeding and other infractions. Officers wrote 15,896 speeding tickets in Onondaga County in 2018. These tickets carry many hidden costs in addition to the fine. Drivers cited for speeding in Syracuse or anywhere else in Onondaga County should contact an experienced traffic ticket attorney who can fight to get the fines and other penalties reduced.
New York State Speeding Ticket Costs
A speeding ticket in Onondaga comes with a fine that can range from $150 to $600. If convicted of speeding, a driver must also pay a mandatory state surcharge of $88 or $93. The driver will also have points assessed on his/her license, and if the point total reaches 6 or more, another cost kicks in: The Driver Responsibility Assessment (DRA) fee. This is a separate fine, paid directly to the DMV. It costs $300 plus an additional $75 for each point over 6. Many drivers can also see their insurance premiums go up following a speeding conviction, which can cost several hundred dollars more per year for around three years or more.
Speeding Ticket Data from Onondaga County, NY
Drivers in Onondaga County received 15,896 speeding tickets in 2018, which is just 18.5% of all tickets issued in the county. This is a 36% decrease in the number of speeding tickets issued in 2009, the oldest year for which data was available. More than half of speeding tickets in Onondaga are issued by State Troopers (56.4%), with the rest divided among county police (15.3%) and local law enforcement (28.3%). Almost one-in-five drivers ticketed for speeding were also cited for other offenses. While such companion tickets are not uncommon, Onondaga County is an outlier in its unusual proportion of school zone speeding tickets; more than 1-in-10 speeding tickets (1,607) were for speeding in a school zone, the highest proportion of such tickets seen in any NY county.
Number of Speeding Tickets Given in Onondanga County, NY
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Drivers should seriously consider challenging any speeding ticket issued in Onondaga County. Unfortunately, just over 10% of drivers are able to successfully get a speeding ticket dismissed in Onondaga. Therefore, a driver should consider hiring a traffic ticket attorney. A skilled attorney has the best chance of getting a ticket dismissed or reduced to a lesser offense that will have little or no impact on one’s insurance rate.
Onondaga County Geography and How It Relates to Traffic Tickets
Syracuse is the central economic hub of Onondaga County, and several other counties, including Oswego, Cortland, and Madison are considered part of the city’s metro area. Onondaga is home to a number of higher education institutions, such as Syracuse University, Le Moyne College, and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. The county is also striped with major highways for travelers heading in and out of Syracuse as well as through the county to other parts of New York. This includes I-81 (north-south), I-481 (north-south), The New York State Thruway/I-90 (east-west) and I-690 (east-west). Police keep a close watch on the roads for residents, visitors, students, and those just passing through to ensure that traffic laws are obeyed and the roads stay safe.
Hiring an Onondaga County Speeding Ticket Lawyer
Drivers should take any speeding or other traffic ticket issued in Onondaga County seriously. By hiring an experienced traffic ticket attorney, a driver can secure the best chance that the fines and points will be reduced or eliminated. For most matters involving speeding, a driver who hires an attorney does not have to show up to court in person.
Contact Rosenblum Law to assist you with your speeding ticket matter in Onondaga 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 Onondaga County for both traffic and criminal matters, including those in Syracuse, Camillus, Cicero, Clay, DeWitt, Elbridge, Fabius, Geddes, LaFayette, Lysander, Manlius, Marcellus, Onondaga, Otisco, Pompey, Salina, Skaneateles, Spafford, Tully, and Van Buren, call 888-434-0406 or email Rosenblum Law today for a free consultation about your case.