When we drive faster than the posted speed limit in New York, we are subject to a speeding ticket that is punishable by costly fines and points on your driving record that can lead to a suspended license. But what happens if you drive too slowly?
New York Law for Driving at Slow Speeds
The laws regarding driving too slow can be found in two subsections under Article 30 section 1181. First, it is against the law to drive too slow in manner that impedes the flow of traffic. Second, it is unlawful to drive below the minimum posted speed limit—which can often be found on highways—unless the driver is entering or exiting a highway.
Why Is It Against the Law to Drive Too Slow?
While punishing drivers for traveling at slow speeds may seem odd, there is a good reason for it. The truth is the roads are often the safest when most drivers are traveling at the same speed.
A car moving significantly slower than the flow of traffic can not only be a nuisance, but it may also lead to a collision. The first subsection is intended to deter drivers from blocking a lane or causing unnecessary congestion.
When it comes to highways, a posted speed minimum is considered a safety precaution. If, for instance, a motorist is driving 25 mph on a road where the majority of the drivers are traveling at least 65 mph, driving at such slow speeds can be dangerous.
Penalties for Driving Slow
A ticket for driving too slowly is not based on speed like speeding tickets. A first offense for driving too slowly is punishable by a maximum $150 fine and a mandatory NYS surcharge of up to $93, as well as three points on your driving record. A second offense within 18 months increases the base fine up to $300, while a third offense within 18 months increases the base fine up to $450.
If you have received a traffic ticket in New York or New Jersey, contact Martin A. Kron & Associates, P.C. today at (212) 235-1525 and request a free consultation.