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How many points do traffic violations add to a license?

Under New York traffic law, you can receive points on your driving record if you are convicted of traffic violations. The number of points you will receive can vary based upon the type of infraction committed. According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, you can have your driver’s license suspended if you amass 11 points within an 18-month time period. Some speeding violations can result in 11 points at one time, making it important for you to know the status of your license and how many points different violations are worth.

Get the facts about traffic violations in New York

New York traffic law has seen many changes since the institution of Vision Zero in 2014. Speed limits have been lowered and enforcement of certain offenses has increased. The goal of reducing traffic fatalities is a noble one indeed but drivers in New York still have rights and should understand those when facing a speeding ticket or a citation for any other reason.

New Jersey follows New York focus on pedestrian safety

Every resident in New York City by now is familiar with Vision Zero. Enacted roughly a year and a half ago, this program was instituted by the mayor with the focus on making the city safer for pedestrians. Slow zones, red-light cameras and greater enforcement have all been part of this process. Another part of the process has been more tickets and revenue for the city for traffic violations that pertain to pedestrians.

A look at the impact of Vision Zero

Vision Zero is something that all New Yorkers by now should be familiar with. Whether you agree with the program or not, the fact that it is having an impact in many ways cannot be disputed. The mayor asserts that the goal of Vision Zero is to improve safety on New York City streets. That goal, according to a document on the city’s website, NYC.gov, requires a crackdown on motorists for specific actions.

New stats show rise in distracted driving violations in New York

When law enforcement efforts coincide with an increase in traffic citations, New York citizens and criminal law experts alike often begin to question the correlation. Could an increase in offenses be resulting in a higher number of citations and arrests, or are focused efforts leading to more identified violations? These types of questions were being asked in response to evidence suggesting that texting-while-driving traffic violations are on the rise in the Big Apple.

Understanding the consequences of New York traffic violations

From improper lane changes or speeding, to texting and driving or alcohol-impaired driving, there are a number of traffic violations in New York City. If convicted of these types of charges, motorists may face a range of penalties. It may behoove people to understand these consequences, to ensure they are aware of their rights in the event they receive a traffic ticket.

Can traffic tickets affect New York commercial driver licenses?

Often, people in New York City, and throughout the state of New York, operate motor vehicles for their jobs. According to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, people must have a commercial driver license, or CDL, in order to operate certain types of commercial motor vehicles. These include those vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds, busses or vehicles meant for the transportation of 15 passengers or more, trailers with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or more, and any vehicle that must have a hazardous material placard. Receiving tickets for traffic violations in the state of New York can have a serious impact on people's CDLs.

Fighting New York City traffic tickets

Many people in New York City have the misconception that they must pay the fines and surcharges when they are issued traffic tickets. This can be the case even in situations when drivers feel a ticket was unwarranted. Doing so, however, is in effect an admission of guilt and can carry consequences beyond just the fines that are assessed. At the law firm, Martin A. Kron & Associates, LLP, we often consult with people who have received traffic tickets they feel were undeserved. In this post, we will discuss how to fight a traffic ticket in New York City.

What are your rights during New York traffic stops?

Motorists throughout New York City are often pulled over by law enforcement. According to the New York City Police Department, there were more than 64,000 summonses issued for traffic violations in January of 2015 alone. Although traffic stops are common, many drivers are unaware of their rights, which could lead to them somehow incriminating themselves. In order to ensure they are protected, it behooves people to know their rights during a traffic stop.

Avoid New York traffic violations during winter weather driving

As freezing rain, snow and ice cover New York roads this winter, it is imperative for drivers to practice safe driving. Not only may this preserve their health and well-being, but it can also help to avoid expensive traffic violations. According to the Federal Highway Administration, roughly 23 percent of all motor vehicle accidents every year are weather-related, and an accident can result in a speeding ticket or worse.

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