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Guide to Points Associated With Traffic Violations

New York State works hard to keep the roads safe for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians, alike. When a driver makes a bad decision while driving, they may be issued a ticket by law enforcement that holds them accountable. Many times, these traffic violations will result in points added to the license of the driver who committed such infractions.

When you receive points on your license, your insurance premiums may increase and if you receive 11 or more points within 18 months time, your license may be suspended or revoked. In fact, some traffic violations, such as driving more than 40 miles per hour over the speed limit, are an automatic 11 points. Points are administered based on the severity of the infraction to the safety of others on the road. Below are a few examples of the points associated with common traffic violations.

  • Tailgating – 4 points
  • Failure to stop for a school bus – 5 points
  • Leaving the scene of an accident – 3 points
  • Unsafe passing – 3 points
  • Improper use of a cell phone – 5 points
  • Reckless Driving – 5 points, and misdemeanor charge

It is important to keep in mind that you may be facing multiple violations for one particular instance, and therefore may have a combination of points. This can result in a license suspension if there are 11 points on your license. If you need assistance fighting a traffic ticket and protecting your future, contact an experienced traffic violations attorney who can provide you with assistance.

Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.  

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