Steuben County is situated in the southwestern portion of New York State along the Pennsylvania border. Nearly 96,000 people call Steuben County home. With an area of 1,400 square miles, it is the largest county south of the Adirondack Mountains. Its busy cities are in sharp contrast to its rolling hills and sprawling farmland. Steuben County is the birthplace of the materials engineering company Corning Glass, which is also the largest employer in the county. The town of Hammondsport also boasts a thriving wine industry that attracts tourists and locals alike.
A driver who is hit with a speeding ticket in Steuben County may be in for a surprise. The fine, points and other hidden costs can add up quickly. It is in every driver’s interest to consult with a qualified traffic ticket attorney before deciding to pay a speeding ticket in Steuben County.
New York Speeding Ticket Costs
Speeding tickets issued in Steuben County can be very costly. Fines often run between $150 to $600, in some cases even higher. Each ticket also comes with a mandatory NYS surcharge of $88 to $93. There’s also a possible DMV Driver Responsibility Assessment (DRA) fee. The DRA is a separate fine charged to drivers who reach 6 points on their license in 18 months. A DRA costs $300, and each point over 6 adds another $75. In addition, paying a speeding ticket nearly ensures that it will raise one’s auto insurance rates by several hundred dollars per year.
Speeding Ticket Data from Steuben County, NY
More than 11,000 speeding tickets were issued in Steuben County in 2018. This fact places the county right at the bottom of the top 20 NY counties for speeding tickets. Less than half of those—48%—go to New Yorkers. Among those speeding tickets given to out-of-state drivers, police most often ticketed drivers from neighboring Pennsylvania, as well New Jersey and parts of New England (30.8% in total). A smaller proportion was issued to drivers from other states south and east of New York/New Jersey/Pennsylvania (11.4%). Approximately 3.8% of speeding tickets issued in Steuben County also went to Canadian drivers, despite being a notable distance from any Canadian border crossing.
Steuben County courts have a vicious conviction rate. Nearly 72% of drivers were convicted of the speeding ticket they were issued in 2018. Only 2.2% managed to get their ticket dismissed. However, that does not mean that drivers cannot beat a speeding ticket in Steuben County. Quite the contrary: by hiring a speeding ticket attorney a driver has far better odds of getting the ticket reduced to a lesser offense that won’t impact one’s auto insurance rates or result in an additional DRA fee.
Number of Speeding Tickets Given in Steuben County, NY
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Steuben County Geography and How It Relates to Traffic Tickets
The Southern Tier Expressway (I-86) connects Steuben County with other NY counties in the Southern Tier region. The roadway also dips down into Pennsylvania and is one of several routes out-of-state drivers can take through Steuben into other parts of New York. Another such roadway is I-99, which starts at an interchange with U.S. 220 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike and travels north through Steuben and other parts of western New York. I-360 is an auxiliary highway that branches off of I-86 in Steuben and ends at I-490 in Rochester. Tourists visit Steuben for its quality hiking trails and campgrounds, as well as to visit its numerous wineries. State and local police watch the roads for speeders, particularly those flying through on the way to and from Pennsylvania and other NY counties.
Hiring a Steuben County Speeding Ticket Lawyer
In addition to the many fees associated with a speeding ticket, paying a speeding ticket can cause increases in auto insurance premiums for several years. At the same time, ignoring the ticket is never a good idea and failing to answer the ticket in a timely manner can result in having one’s driving privileges in NY suspended and even revoked. Drivers who are charged with a speeding ticket or other traffic violation have the option to fight the charge and possibly win a dismissal or negotiate a reduction in fines and points.
An experienced traffic defense attorney can analyze the traffic violation matter and provide a solid defense, keeping the fines and points to a minimum. In almost all cases, a person who hires an attorney will not be required to come to court.
If you received a speeding ticket in Steuben County, contact Rosenblum Law. Our traffic ticket attorneys represent clients in Addison, Avoca, Bath, Bradford, Cameron, Campbell, Canisteo, Caton, Cohocton, Corning, Dansville, Erwin, Fremont, Greenwood, Hartsville, Hornby, Hornellsville, Howard, Jasper, Lindley, Prattsburgh, Pulteney, Rathbone, Thurston, Troupsburg, Tuscarora, Urbana, Wayland, Wayne, West Union, Wheeler, and Woodhull. Call 888-434-0406 or email Rosenblum Law today for a free consultation about your case.