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Speeding is the most common traffic violation for motorists. When you face a traffic ticket, the consequences will depend on your speed and your previous driving record.
At Martin A. Kron & Associates, P.C., our New York speeding defense attorney can help you protect your driving privileges. With decades of experience, our founding attorney, Martin A. Kron, is well-versed in the laws. Schedule your free consultation today.
Reasons People Break the Speed Limit
We all know that breaking the speed limit can result in a ticket, and yet we've all done it. You can certainly remember plenty of times that you avoided a ticket by hitting the brakes when you saw a police car on the side of the road. Most people hit the brakes instinctively; that's just how common speeding really is.
So why do people do it? Why do they risk getting a ticket? A few common reasons include:
- Traffic gets congested. It slows them down. When they finally get through it, they speed to make up for lost time.
- It becomes a habit. They speed so often that they start to feel like that is the normal pace to drive at, and anything less seems frustratingly slow.
- They are late for something important. Specifics can include getting to work on time, getting to a doctor's appointment or just meeting up with friends. The reality is that many people plan their lives out so their schedule is down to the minute, and any unexpected delay makes them feel like they're always late.
- They feel like no one can see them like they're anonymous. Many people respect all other laws in public settings, but being hidden away inside of a vehicle makes it mentally easier to break traffic laws.
- They're bored. Cars are so common that there's little excitement left, and most people just want to get to their destination as soon as possible.
Regardless of the reason, traffic violations can really hurt your driving record, and they come with stiff penalties. Be sure you know what legal options you have.
Speeding Laws in New York
Unfortunately, speeding tickets can lead to serious consequences for drivers and can add points to your driving record. If you are convicted of three (3) speeding tickets received within 18 months, your license will be revoked for a minimum of six months.
The speeding point system includes:
- 3 points for driving 1 to 10 mph over the limit
- 4 points for driving 11 to 20 mph over the limit
- 6 points for driving 21 to 30 mph over the limit
- 8 points for driving 31 to 40 mph over the limit
- 11 points for driving over 40 mph above the limit
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, points may be added to your record.
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.
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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