Picture this: You leave the house just a few minutes late for an
important business meeting. There must be a way to make up some time,
you think, as head out to the open highway and begin racing down the
fast lane. Suddenly, you look in the rear view mirror and see blue
lights explode from behind you. You are going to be later than you
Getting a speeding ticket in New York is a major inconvenience. Also,
it's expensive. You'll be better off if you follow the speed limits to
begin with. Learning about New York speed limit laws will help you
avoid getting a ticket in the first place. If it's already too late for
that, the best thing to do is find out what your options are for
dealing with the ticket and what penalties you face. That way, you can
plan ahead and make an informed decision about how to handle your
Dangers Of Speeding
The penalties for speeding in New York may seem harsh, but you
should remember that speeding is dangerous. Read more...
Dealing With a New York Speeding Ticket
If you do get caught speeding, there are 3 ways to handle it. You
could simply pay the fine by mail, avoiding having to go to court. You
could go to court, plead guilty and pay the fine there. Or, you can go
to court, plead innocent and try to fight the charges. If you choose to
pay the fine by mail, you are admitting guilt and the conviction will
go on your record. Read more...
How New York Police Determine Speeding
New York police have several different methods of determining your
speed before they issue a ticket. Radar is the most common. Radar
devices can either be mounted inside a patrol car or housed in a
portable "gun." Radar measures speed by sending out radio waves. Read more...
How To Beat a New York Speeding Ticket
You can also try to beat a traffic ticket by showing up in court and
pleading innocent. In America, we have an adversarial system of
justice. This means that if you choose to go to trial, you and the
prosecutor or the officer who stopped you will face off in court. Both
of you will try to prove your cases beyond a reasonable doubt. Read more...
Speeding Ticket Fines
If you do get convicted of speeding in New York, you can expect to
pay a pretty penny in fines and court costs. The amount you'll pay
depends on how fast you were going when the officer stopped you. There
is also the potential for jail time, although that's uncommon. Read more...
New York Speed Limits
New York's speed limits are laid out in the Vehicle and Traffic
code, section 1180. New York has a basic speed law, which makes it
illegal for drivers to drive faster than is "reasonable and prudent"
based on current driving conditions. Other than that, the state sets a
maximum speed limit of 55 miles per hour, except for some sections of
certain highways where the speed limit is 65 miles per hour. Read more...
What To Do If You Got a New York Speeding Ticket
They caught you! Now what? If you get a speeding ticket, the first
thing to do is to deal with the police officer writing the ticket. You
should speak to the officer calmly but politely. Now is not the time to
argue, even if you don't believe you were speeding. Go ahead and sign
the ticket-it's not an admission of guilt, just a confirmation that you
received the ticket and will show up in court. Read
Driving Record Points
Taking a defensive driving class can help blunt some of the
consequences of getting a speeding ticket. Not only will it give you a
discount on your insurance to help offset the rate hike you will
probably experience when your insurance company finds out, it will also
take 4 points away from your driver's license. Read more...