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What are the penalties for speeding in New York?

There are any number of reasons why people in New York, and elsewhere, may drive in excess of the speed limit. While it may seem minor, speeding on New York roads can result in serious legal issues for motorists, regardless of the reasoning. There are a number of penalties that may be levied on drivers of non-commercial vehicles who are caught exceeding the speed limit, many of which far outweigh a simple slap on the wrist. 

Fines are a common consequence for motorists who are ticketed for speeding in New York. Generally, these fines are based on how fast a driver is going in relation to the posted speed limit. According to the SafeNY website, drivers may be fined anywhere between $90 and $150 if they are caught traveling up to 10 mph over the posted speed limit. The fines increase to between $180 and $300 for those drivers who are going between 10 and 30 mph over the speed limit. For motorists who are caught driving in excess of 30 mph over the posted speed limit, the fines they may face can be between $360 and $600. Typically, the fines are doubled for drivers who are found to be speeding in work zones.

In addition to fines, drivers may also face prison time for speeding. As is the case with fines, the duration of potential prison sentences for speeding are also based on how fast motorists are driving. Drivers who are caught traveling up to 10 mph over the posted speed limit may face up to 15 days in prison. Those who are ticketed for traveling 10 mph or more over the limit could be sentenced to prison for up to 30 days.

Speed violations in the state of New York often result in driver penalty points being added to people’s driver’s licenses. Depending on how fast motorists are traveling, they may receive anywhere between three and 11 points on their licenses. In general, people may have their driving privileges suspended if they reach 11 total points on their licenses.

The types of penalties that New York drivers may face as a result of speeding violations can vary greatly. This post has discussed some of the potential consequences of such offenses, however, the final decision is up to the courts. Therefore, this should be taken only as general information and not considered professional legal advice. 

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