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Unposted Speed Limits in New York

While many roads throughout the State of New York have posted speed limits, some of them don’t. However, whenever a road doesn’t have a speed limit sign, there is still one that exists.

Drivers must be aware of their local speed limits. Ignorance of the speeding laws and using your own discretion for speed will still lead to a ticket and penalties.

As of November 2014, the default speed limit—on roadways, not highways—in New York City is 25 miles per hour (mph). To learn about the current speed limits in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens, visit

The following are the speeding fines based on miles over an unposted speed limit:

  • 1 - 10 miles over the speed limit – $45 - $150, as well as a possible 15-day jail term (if you drove 10 miles over the speed limit)
  • 11 - 30 miles over the speed limit – $90 - $300, as well as a possible maximum 30-day jail term
  • More than 30 miles over the speed limit – $180 - $600, as well as a possible maximum 30-day jail term

Surcharges in New York City are approximately $88. Surcharges elsewhere are $93.

Furthermore, the DMV uses a points system to apply additional penalties for traffic violations. Accumulating six or more points within an 18-month span will lead to a Driver Assessment Responsibility (DAR) fee.

If you have six points on your driver’s license, the annual fee is $100 for three years. The fee increases by $25 after each point over six.

Accumulating 11 points within an 18-month period may result in a license suspension or revocation. In addition, violations can also increase your insurance premium.

If you have received a speeding ticket by driving faster than an unposted speeding limit, let Martin A. Kron & Associates, P.C. contest the ticket on your behalf and do our best to help you avoid serious penalties. With more than 30 years of experience, including time spent as a New York State Traffic Court Judge, our New York traffic ticket lawyer understands what it takes to obtain the most favorable results in traffic court.

For more information about speeding in New York, contact us today and schedule a free consultation.

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